St John's refined prose and assertive young protagonists convey a profound regard for the beauty and magic of the vast African backdrop ... a hugely enjoyable and gripping summer read for both girls and boys.
St John's descriptions of southern Africa provide a sumptuous backdrop ... top-drawer adventure storytelling, with an added helping of fantasy thrown in. It all makes for a genuinely gripping tale that will warm even the coldest of hearts.
A thrilling mix of heartfelt eco-friendly adventure and natural magic ... perfect for 8-11s.
enthralling... we may not all have a white giraffe to make life easier, but his book reminds us that even the most miserable situation can get better.
Mystery, intrigue and suspense dominate the story of 11 year old orphaned Martine who is sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. Reading this meticulously worded, cleverly crafted and flawless novel proved to be a real joy. This book has the hallmark of a children's classic and would make a delightful film.
A deep sense of humanity runs through the tale which encompasses themes such as loss, bereavement, guilt, courage, love and kindness