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Real life adventure with a hint of magic. Fresh, original voice in a story with lots of atmosphere and charm. Exotic South Africa with its all its flora and fauna perfectly evoked. Great adventure read for 9-12 boys and girls. Rights sold in 17 territories & sales of the previous 2 titles over 56,000 copies. Great reviews: 'These books are also wonderfully refreshing in their celebration of Africa - its people, culture and resources ... Equally delightful is a capable, adventurous, identifiable and compelling female lead character. There is much to be celebrated here.' (Bookseller); 'St John brings Africa to vivid life in this tale of a young girl sent to a new life ... the white giraffe, an albino rarity prized by game hunters - the perfect leit-motif for this fragile stirring story' (Guardian). 'a thoughful, heartwarming read for the summer' (Bookseller). '...a really charming and thrilling story, written with grace and poise' (Times).

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Lauren St John was born in Rhodesia in 1966 and lived on a farm there until she was 16. She worked as a journalist for several years and has written biographies of sporting heroes and Nashville musicians for Transworld, Picador and Fourth Estate. Her memoir, RAINBOW'S END, was published by Hamish Hamilton in Spring 2007. She lives in London.

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Gr 4-7-In this third book about Martine and her amazing gift for healing animals, the 11-year-old, her grandmother, and her friend Ben leave their South African home for Zimbabwe. They are going to help her grandmother's friend, who has had an accident, but the trip turns into much more. A giant leopard said to be in hiding in the hills near the ranch where they are staying desperately needs Martine's help. Many legends surround the creature, and the place of his death is ostensibly where a long-hidden treasure will be found. Because of this, many are determined to hunt the animal down. Through Martine's eyes, readers discover many issues plaguing modern Zimbabwe, from police corruption to animal poaching and the opportunism and tourism that threaten the traditional way of life. This fast-paced adventure story, inspired by an actual leopard now in a game preserve in Zimbabwe, includes elements that will appeal to a broad audience. Although having read The White Giraffe (2007) and Dolphin Song (2008, both Dial) gives fuller insight into Martine's story, St. John does a good job of catching readers up on the past without retelling those plots. Considering that the movie version of The White Giraffe is due out this year, there is sure to be particular interest in this series.-Genevieve Gallagher, Buford Middle School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information

this is a vivid adventure, mostly because St John, who grew up in Zimbabwe, has captured its blend of menace and allure * THE OBSERVER *
...spellbinding... another magical, compelling adventure * THE ROAR *

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