The Elephant's Tale

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Martine and her grandmother discover that they might lose Sawubona, their African game reserve, to the sinister Reuben James. But a prophecy from Grace rouses Martine and her best friend, Ben, into action. To find the truth and save the reserve, Martine and Ben must stow away in an airplane, which strands them in the desert, thwart Mr. James's creepy henchman, and rescue a herd of very special elephants from the dangerous Moon Valley.

The adventure also leads the kids to answers...

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Overview

Martine and her grandmother discover that they might lose Sawubona, their African game reserve, to the sinister Reuben James. But a prophecy from Grace rouses Martine and her best friend, Ben, into action. To find the truth and save the reserve, Martine and Ben must stow away in an airplane, which strands them in the desert, thwart Mr. James's creepy henchman, and rescue a herd of very special elephants from the dangerous Moon Valley.

The adventure also leads the kids to answers about Martine's destiny. Jemmy, the white giraffe, and Khan, the last leopard, are alongside Martine and Ben as the Secret Valley reveals its mysteries in this satisfying conclusion to the series that began with the #1 Children's BookSense Pick, The White Giraffe.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—This is the final book in a series that began with The White Giraffe (Dial, 2007), but it stands on its own. Martine, 11, has been living with her grandmother on a South African game reserve since the death of her parents. She loves the animals and land, and over the last year has discovered that she has the power to heal animals. But the peace and contentment of Sawubona is shattered when Reuben James, a former business partner of Martine's late grandfather, appears with a new will granting him ownership of the entire reserve. Martine, her grandmother, and all their employees must leave in two weeks. Martine is convinced that Mr. James somehow tricked her grandfather and vows to save Sawubona. She is encouraged in her effort by Grace, the local sangoma (healer), who divines her future and tells her that elephants will be a part of her quest. Along with her friend Ben, Martine sneaks into Mr. James's plane and when it lands they find themselves in Namibia. There they discover just what Reuben James has been up to—and that they were right to mistrust him. The children manage to expose him and in the process save a group of mistreated captive elephants. This is a fast-paced mystery with an underlying conservation theme. Tween readers will be absorbed by the adventure, the animals, and the African setting.—Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
The fourth and final book of the Legend of the Animal Healer series (begun in The White Giraffe, 2007) opens with an explosion of tension. A nefarious character, Reuben James, claims he has inherited Martine and her grandmother's beloved animal sanctuary in South Africa and plans to turn it into the White Giraffe Safari Resort. To thwart him, Martine and her friend Ben stow away on a small plane, but they are then stranded in the Namibian desert. They are rescued by a teenage Bushman whose father, an elephant whisperer, has disappeared and is mixed up in the mysterious "Ark Project." Critical to the action-filled, plot-driven story are Martine's ability to commune with animals (especially her white giraffe), elephant intelligence, global warming, diminishing water supply and the meaning of Bushmen cave paintings. The threads are almost head-spinningly many, but St. John dexterously weaves them together for a melodramatic finish. Fans of the first three books will be eager to read the conclusion but sad that Martine's story is over. The author's note makes a plea for elephant preservation and authenticates her research. (Adventure. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142418796
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/4/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 157,422
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.92 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.66 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    ANAMALS

    if u luv anamals u will luv this book, but u might wannastar with the white giraffe then dolphin song then last lepard and then this, this isnlike my all time fave series even more than canterwood crest great books to, but u will luv these books

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    Posted March 20, 2012

    To help please

    This is number four.

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    Stuff

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    Posted February 7, 2012

    White garaffe

    The book elefant tale is really wonderful thank you lauen st jhon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Huh?

    I thought the last leapered was the 4th book and this was the 3rd book. But i might be wrong

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