Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 10U6.241745
When Martine’s home in England burns down, killing her parents, she must go to South Africa to live on a wildlife game preserve, called Sawubona, with the grandmother she didn’t know she had. Almost as soon as she arrives, Martine hears stories about a white giraffe living in the preserve. But her grandmother and others working at Sawubona insist that the giraffe is just a myth. Martine is not so sure, until one stormy night when she looks out her window and locks eyes with Jemmy, a young silvery-white giraffe. Why is everyone keeping Jemmy’s existence a secret? Does it have anything to do with the rash of poaching going on at Sawubona? Martine needs all of the courage and smarts she has, not to mention a little African magic, to find out.

First-time children’s author Lauren St. John brings us deep into the African world, where myths become reality and a young girl with a healing gift has the power to save her home and her one true friend.

Paperback, 208 pages
Published on May 1, 2008 by Puffin Books
ISBN-10: 0142411523
ISBN-13: 9780142411520
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  • normielord235Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7:21 am
    Good book
    • nole5Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:26 am
      I think the White Giraffe is awesome! My new favorite book!