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The White Giraffe #1: The White Giraffe Award-winning

by Lauren St John (author) (UK edition)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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For a split second their eyes locked, the small sad girl and the slender young giraffe, then the sky went dark.

Martine is eleven when she goes to live on a South African game reserve. It’s a place as cruel as it is beautiful. At first, Martine hates it. How can she be happy? She’s lonely and friendless: an orphan, stuck with a grumpy guardian miles from anywhere. But then Martine meets the white giraffe. One night he’s there, outside her window: silver in the moonlight, looking straight at her. What does he want? Well: he knows something special about Martine: something she doesn’t…

  • First in a best-loved series full of magic and mystery
  • Brings Africa’s animals and landscapes to dramatic life
  • Heartfelt message about respecting wildlife and nature
  • The White Giraffe has won seven children’s book awards

“A spellbinding and mesmerizing debut novel.” Publishing News

Product Details

Catalogue number

5172 in Schools Catalogue 2020/21 and 5172 in Rewards Catalogue 2019/20


The White Giraffe (book 1)






Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

Date published

July 2nd, 2007

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.2; Middle years; 7.0 points

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  • 208 pages


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  1. trixiebell
    on 30 April 2020

    This book tells the most amazing story ever I loved all the characters but I especially did not like Alex he was very cruel and was a very big actor , the character that I liked the most was jemmy he looked very beautiful indeed and I hope that there are as good books as this one is.

  2. burnieboy
    on 26 June 2014

    This book was amazing I really enjoyed it I’d love to be Martine an live on a game reserve but I wouldn’t like to lose my family

    5out of 5
  3. bee100xxx
    on 8 March 2014

    Martine is a 11 year old girl who when a tragedy happens where she lost both parents in a fire, goes to live in a game reserve in Africa. When she gets there it feels as if she has known the reserve for years. Until one night Martine sees a White giraffe shimmering in the moonlight and it stands there as if it is waiting – Waiting for Martine….

    A astounding sequel with amazing adjectives and verbs! You just can’t stop turning the pages!

    5out of 5
  4. kicky105
    on 7 March 2012

    This is a sometimes hard to read book. The main character has seen a white giraffe but no-one seems to know anything about it until another family member tells her he knows she has seen it. It is hard because it is about hunting beautiful animals but it is a moving lovely story and it is really believable, especially the descriptions of the animals and land.

  5. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 18 October 2011

    I loved The White Giraffe because it made me feel like I was there. It is a charming and heart warming read. I love the strong friendship that Martine and the White Giraffe have.

    Lauren, age 10