Dolphin Song

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Martine is just getting used to her new life on the game reserve with her grandmother and the white giraffe, Jemmy, when she must go away. Her class is going on a trip-an ocean voyage to watch the sardine run, a spectacular natural phenomenon off the coast of South Africa. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Martine and several of her classmates are thrown overboard into shark-infested waters! They are saved by a pod of dolphins and end up marooned on a deserted island. Now the castaways must ...

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Martine is just getting used to her new life on the game reserve with her grandmother and the white giraffe, Jemmy, when she must go away. Her class is going on a trip-an ocean voyage to watch the sardine run, a spectacular natural phenomenon off the coast of South Africa. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Martine and several of her classmates are thrown overboard into shark-infested waters! They are saved by a pod of dolphins and end up marooned on a deserted island. Now the castaways must learn to work together, not only to survive but to help the dolphins who are now in peril.

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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
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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: 9780142413753
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 127,060
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren St. John lives in London, England. A well-respected biographer and sports journalist, she grew up in Zimbabwe, Africa, where she had a pet giraffe, as well as numerous dogs, horses, and warthogs. This setting inspired The White Giraffe as well as her recent memoir, Rainbow’s End.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    AWSOME!!!!!

    This book is amazing! The description is amazing! I reccomend this book for the kind of people that like adventure and discovery!!!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Anonymous

    I fell in love with the book The White Giraffe! Based on all the other reviews I think I'll love this book. Martine inspires me so much even if shes fictional! You should totally get all the books in the Animal Healer series!!!!!!!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Dolphins

    I love dolphins would this be a good book for me?

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Excellent, highly recommend this book and all others in the series

    I am a 5th grade teacher and read the 1st book aloud to my class. They loved it! I have since purchased multiple copies of the other titles in the series to use with our literature groups. My students love the main character, Martine, as well as the other characters. The rich descriptive language that the author uses to describe the settings throughout Africa, had my class feeling as if they were there with the animals. The themes of overcoming hardships, friendship and conservation provided multiple opportunities for rich discussion for my students.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    Outstanding

    What a wonderful book. I really enjoy reading it. I just cant wait to get my hand on the the last leopard

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Books!

    I loved this book I for one loves to read but so far dolphin song is the best survival story yet I would love it if more people have read this book

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Amazing read!!!!!! :P

    I loved this book! Even though i still haven'T READ THE 1ST BOOK! I think its worth reading. If you love adventure, suprise, mystery, and animals than this is the book for you. Eveen if you only like one of those things still give it a try. Youmight just be suprised and love it. And once you start it will be hard to put the book down! :) <3 - Ava



    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2011

    Dolphin Lover

    If I'm a huge dolphin fan would this be a good book?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    School

    In school we read the wight garrif and i finshed before everyone else and i loved it i searsoly sugest this

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Very good story!

    Loved it. Read it in one week.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    ....

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    :D

    LOVE IT! Courage, lol

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Lemonade Mouth Fan

    This is an awesome book! I loved this book! It has everything! Animals, adventure and its such a good story!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Epic

    Lauren St. John paints a beautiful picture in the sequel to 'The White Giraffe.' Martine, though a fiction character, inspires me. I love the character and their personalities, as well as the amazing storyline. It wasn't what I had expected but that can be a good thing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2011

    LOVED IT

    this seris makes me wonder how did the author come up with this awesome of a story line?? its so good on a school night a bought the first book at 5pm and finished at 3am on a school night thats how good it is

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    I may be ten years old but I do know how too rate a book

    This book is awsome I told my mom too read it and mybrother an they LOVED it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Awsome!

    I love this book it is awsome!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Great

    Awesome!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Hey

    I started reading it when I was 7 now I am 11 is it a good time for me to read it I love dolphins and want to read thos book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Awesome story ;D

    Sorry about my other review!
    I accidently pressed post.
    As i was saying, the reason i put a four is because(and i would have put a four and a half if i could) i wanted some romance to happen between martine and ben.
    Dont get me wrong this is one if the best books i have ever read and u should totally read it, but i wanted some type of twist i wanted a little bit more.


    Plz tell me if anything happens between martine and ben in the other books(i havent read them yet)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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