Reviews for Elephant's Tale

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
The future of Sawubona Game Reserve is at stake in Martine's fourth and final story. This time her adventure includes saving wild elephants while fighting people trying to take over Namibia's water supply. Though Martine continues to be a compelling protagonist, the final explanation of her gift, hinted at throughout the series, is something of a letdown. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2010 May #2
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) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 October
Martine, an orphan herself, can relate to the trauma experienced by many of the hurt or orphaned animals living on her family?s wildlife reserve. She had come there to live with her Grandmother, caretaker of the reserve, after her parents? death. Martine has a special, healing connection to the animals which she uses to care for orphaned, sick, or injured animals on the reserve. When Martine learns her cherished reserve is in danger of being taken out of her Grandmother?s hands, she and her friend Ben embark on a dangerous adventure to thwart the devious men attempting to take it away. Rising to the challenge, Martine and Ben solve this mystery. St. John presents a fast-paced novel filled with excitement, ending with the good guys winning, and leaving readers impatient for the next Animal Healer legend. Readers will identify with Martine and Ben, while teachers can use this book in discussions related to natural environments, animal protection, and endangered species. Recommended. Kaye Dotson, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 July

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

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