Dolphin Song

Dolphin Song

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by Lauren St. John, Adjoa Andoh
     
 

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The heart-pounding companion to the #1 Children's Book Sense Pick The White Giraffe.

Just as Martine is settling into life at Sawubona, the wildlife game reserve, with her grandmother and Jemmy, her white giraffe, she must leave for two weeks on a school trip off the coast of South Africa. What begins as an exciting sea adventure quickly turns

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The heart-pounding companion to the #1 Children's Book Sense Pick The White Giraffe.

Just as Martine is settling into life at Sawubona, the wildlife game reserve, with her grandmother and Jemmy, her white giraffe, she must leave for two weeks on a school trip off the coast of South Africa. What begins as an exciting sea adventure quickly turns perilous when Martine and five of 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 save the dolphins that have mysteriously beached themselves on the island's shore.

In a gripping tale of courage, friendship, and survival, Martine uses her healing gift and her bushcraft to help humans and animals alike. Look for Martine on the big screen?The White Giraffe will soon be made into a major motion picture from Walden Media and Twentieth Century Fox, starring Anna Sophia Robb.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739363317
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! The description is amazing! I reccomend this book for the kind of people that like adventure and discovery!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love dolphins would this be a good book for me?
Joni Iodice More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. I really enjoy reading it. I just cant wait to get my hand on the the last leopard
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In school we read the wight garrif and i finshed before everyone else and i loved it i searsoly sugest this
Mohamed Eddefaa More than 1 year ago
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
Sarina Anderson More than 1 year ago
If I'm a huge dolphin fan would this be a good book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT! Courage, lol
Lauren Klayer More than 1 year ago
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.
Jayah Reeves More than 1 year ago
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
Chris Carlson More than 1 year ago
I read it and I got yelled at for staying up till eleven when i went to bed at 8.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is awsome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! :)
Kalyn O'Byrne More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book! I loved this book! It has everything! Animals, adventure and its such a good story!
Book_Worm_Lucky_Number_5 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book the girl in this book is 1 of a kind i love how she saves the dolphins it expresses her feelings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book first out of the seiries and it was sooooo good! If u r not sure of getting this book u should get it anyway! U will love it!
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This book has such a great storyline! I was on the edge of my seat!
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