The Elephant's Tale by Lauren St John

| 16th September 2009
The latest in St John's series of children's books focusing on the adventures of a young girl in Africa, the Elephant's Tale helps bring the realities of conservation to a new audience. Who better to review it than a nine-year-old member of that audience?

The story is set in Sawubona, a game reserve in Africa.

The story is about a girl called Martine and her friend, Ben, and their adventures as they go to any limits to rescue Sawubona and Martine’s beloved white giraffe, Jemmy, from the evil clutches of Reuben James, who is trying to take over the game reserve.

The story is full of adventure, mystery, thrills and surprises and trillions of action.

This is the latest book in a series of four, which involve Martine and her adventures in Africa. Although I really enjoyed this book, I felt that it might have been good to have read the earlier books first so that I knew the characters better. 

The book is really well written and easy to read. The story is exciting, and was difficult for me to put down once I started reading. The descriptions in the book made it very easy to imagine myself being there and what it was like.

I would definitely like to read the other books in this series. I would recommend this book to anyone of 8 years and above. 

By Beth Dillon – Aged nine and three quarters