Reviews for White Giraffe
AudioFile Reviews 2007 October/November
Adjoa Andoh is a spellbinding narrator who gives each character a unique voice with nary a pause or break in rhythm. Her ability to handle the clicks of the story's African names adds realism to the telling. When her parents die in a fire, 11-year-old Martine leaves England to join the grandmother she didn't know she had on an African wildlife preserve. As she tries to find acceptance in this foreign environment, she discovers a gift for healing, clues leading to the arrest of a poaching ring, and a true friend in a "mythical" white giraffe. This exquisite tale full of exotic atmosphere is expertly told. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #1
After her parents are killed in a fire, young Martine is sent to live with her estranged grandmother on a South African game reserve. Grief-stricken, Martine is befriended by two Zulu: Tendai, who teaches her about survival in the bush, and Grace, who relates a legend about a girl who will ride the white giraffe and be a friend to all animals. With its intriguing prophecy, its many secrets in need of unraveling, and its fast-paced plot involving poachers who must be stopped, this book has a lot of child appeal. Narrator Andoh carefully delineates the Afrikaaner, Xhosa, British, and Zulu characters throughout; her narration is as dramatic and suspenseful as the story. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 August #2
An exotic setting, a tragically orphaned protagonist, a mysterious and mystical legend, and heart-pounding action will draw listeners from the start to this audio adaptation of St. John's debut. However, it is British actress Andoh's robust performance that will keep listeners entranced throughout the recording. She moves effortlessly between English and South African accents, and tender and frenetic scenes shared between a cast of memorable characters. She also wrings every ounce of intrigue and local color from St. John's plot about 11-year-old Martine who, following the death of her parents, is shipped off to a new home on a South African game reserve run by the grandmother she's never known. On the reserve, Martine surreptitiously discovers and befriends a white giraffe, rumored to exist only in legend, and learns how her magical destiny as an animal healer is connected to the beast. Andoh's full-throttle delivery of the breathlessly paced denouement is a standout in a consistently fine recording. Ages 8-up. (June) [Page 70]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.