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