Dolphin Song

Dolphin Song

by Adjoa Andoh
     
 

Just as Martine is settling into life on the wildlife game reserve, she is whisked away on a school trip. She must leave her white giraffe, Jemmy, for two weeks! Her class is going on an ocean voyage to witness the Sardine Run, a spectacular natural phenomenon, off the coast of South Africa. What begins as an exciting adventure quickly turns perilous when a storm…  See more details below

Overview

Just as Martine is settling into life on the wildlife game reserve, she is whisked away on a school trip. She must leave her white giraffe, Jemmy, for two weeks! Her class is going on an ocean voyage to witness the Sardine Run, a spectacular natural phenomenon, off the coast of South Africa. What begins as an exciting adventure quickly turns perilous when a storm blows up and Martine and her classmates are thrown overboard into shark-infested waters. They are saved by a pod of dolphins, only to end up marooned on a deserted island. The castaways, at odds with one another, must figure out not only how to survive, but how to help the dolphins when a terrible danger threatens them.  

In a gripping tale of courage, friend­ship, and survival, Martine must use her healing gift and her wilderness training to save both humans and animals alike.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
Martine's class is going on an ocean voyage trip to watch the sardine run off the coast of South Africa but she and several of the crew are thrown into shark-infested waters during a storm. They are rescued by dolphin and end up on a deserted island. Martine wants to help stop the dolphins from beaching themselves. They have to work together to survive. There are men with spear guns who turn out to be the real pirates or treasure hunters from the mainland and they do not want their plans disrupted. Martine, who has a special way with animals, is concerned about her beloved white giraffe. Be sure to read the author's note in the back about her real life experiences in Australia and Africa—as well as the United States. They are extremely interesting and tie into this fascinating story written here. Reviewer: Naomi Butler
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7

Continuing the story begun in The White Giraffe (Dial, 2007), St. John throws 11-year-old Martine into another dangerous situation in which she must depend on her relationship with animals to survive. The child, recently orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa, has had trouble adapting to her new school. She reluctantly embarks on a class trip to study nature at sea, and, before long, she and six of her classmates are tossed overboard during a storm. Rescued by dolphins, they survive shark-infested waters and are stranded on a deserted island. Five of the kids tormented Martine and her lone friend, Ben, in the first book, and they are no kinder here. But Ben, while mostly silent, has a lot of survival skills, and Martine has her powers of prophecy and healing, and the two of them prove to be self-sufficient and even content with their situation. As Ben teaches Martine how to find food, water, and shelter, he also guides her toward compassion as their desperate classmates begin to accept them. Not every plot point holds water, but this is an action-packed story with a strong environmental message and an admirable heroine. It brings the cultures of native and colonial South Africa together in the form of a young girl who is discovering that she is part of both. Talk this one up to your adventure buffs and animal lovers.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL

Kirkus Reviews
Six months after the action of last year's The White Giraffe, Martine has pretty much settled in with her grandmother at her South Africa game reserve. But events soon conspire to unseat her newfound ease: A multi-day school cruise will both take her away from Jemmy, her giraffe friend, and force her to swim, something she's deathly afraid of. Moreover, the cave paintings that eerily foretold her previous adventures now depict a lone swimmer surrounded by dolphins-and sharks. In short order, Martine, her friend Ben and some of her most poisonous antagonists from school find themselves marooned on a deserted island, cast overboard during a storm and miraculously rescued by dolphins. How will they survive? Why do the dolphins suddenly beach themselves? And who are the shady men whose boat prowls the offshore waters? As in the earlier book, the quick pace, the dynamics among the kids and the undeniable appeal of Martine's mystical attachment to animals keep the pages turning, regardless of plot contrivances. Animal-loving readers will enjoy this mild middle-grade thriller. (Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739363294
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/13/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.88(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

The African setting of Lauren St. John’s first novel, The White Giraffe, as well as Dolphin Song, is very personal to the author. She grew up in Zimbabwe and lived on a farm that was part game reserve. She says that if her books encourage “even one person to want to help wildlife or to visit or want to know more about Africa, that would make [her] incredibly happy.” Ms. St. John lives in London, England. Look for The White Giraffe on audio from Listening Library.

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