Author(s): Lauren St.John
It's June - winter in South Africa, and Martine and her grandmother are enjoying a cold but beautiful walk along the beach when they find a stranded, dying dolphin. Martine uses her gift of healing to help it back to the ocean but it's only the latest in a series of inexplicable beachings of dolphins and whales - and the start of a brand new adventure for Martine. After a last stolen midnight ride on her beloved white giraffe, Jemmy, Martine's class is off on an amazing school trip to the islands of Mozambique to witness the legendary 'Sardine Run'. It's a trip that goes drastically wrong and Martine, with close friend Ben, finds herself swimming in shark-infested waters, marooned on an uninhabited island and suddenly at the centre of mysterious submarine goings-on as she tries to save a pod of 100 dolphins from certain death. Like her debut novel, THE WHITE GIRAFFE, DOLPHIN SONG has plenty of action and adventure, and delves deeply into Martine's relationships with the people and animals around her. It makes her question the true nature of her gift, and what she will be called upon to do next.The incredible beauty of the flora and fauna of this little known corner of Africa is richly evoked as a result of Lauren's in depth knowledge and research of the area.
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. Film rights optioned. Translations rights sold in 17 territories and sales of the hardback over 10,000 copies. Great reviews: 'St John again evokes the beauty of Africa in this powerful tale of a girl's special relationship with animals' (Waterstone's Books Quarterly). 'Transports you instantly into the heart of Africa and the landscape so beautifully evoked in her first children's book, THE WHITE GIRAFFE ... beguiling storytelling with a timeless feel' (Bookseller). 'Vivid and lyrical' (Publishing News).
'Unputdownable' THE TEACHER 'A wonderful and exciting adventure' THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN
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.