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The Dolphin Song – a Review


The Dolphin Song is a children’s novel by Lauren St John’s. It is a sequel to the ‘White Giraffe’. It is about a young English orphan girl, Martine, who lives with her grandmother on a South African game reserve and finds a dying dolphin on the beach.

About the author

Lauren St John was born in Rhodesia in 1966. Her early childhood was spent on a farm. ‘The Dolphin Song’ is Lauren St John’s second novel in a series of novels on African adventure. The author travelled to Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago where the story is set and is home to hundreds of wild dolphins and a true African paradise.

Synopsis of the story

The story unfolds during the South African winter.  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. Soon there are a number of dolphins and whales which are washed ashore. Every thing is mysterious. A new adventure unfolds before Martine.

Martine has a last stolen midnight ride on her beloved white giraffe, Jemmy, before she sets off on an amazing school trip to the islands of Mozambique to witness the legendary 'Sardine Run'. The trip goes radically wrong for Martine. Lo and behold, Martine and her close friend Ben, find themselves swimming in shark-infested waters. They get marooned on an uninhabited island. Suddenly they are in the centre of mysterious underwater happenings. Here she tries to save a pod of 100 dolphins from certain death.

The story moves on full of action and adventure.

Theme of the story

The story is about Martine's relationships with the people and animals around her.

St John’s distinct style brings life the unbelievable beauty of the flora and fauna of this little known corner of Africa. It reveals the author’s knowledge and research of the area.


The author’s narrative is the plus point of the book. It creates a vivid picture that engrosses the young mind. The book is best suited for children of the age group 9 - 13Have you read the first book – ‘the White Giraffe’?  Do read it if you haven’t. It is the first book in the series by the same author.Don’t miss the next – The Last Leopard!  ________________________________

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i read this book after completing the first one - 'the white giraffe'- and it found it really enjoyable. It really made me wish that i could go out to africa myself and ride my own white giraffe and swim with the dolphins. The writer brought every aspect of the book to life and created a vivid account of Martine's adventure where she becomes stranded on a desert island with her friend Ben, and aswell as having to survive, discovers there are dolphins in need of her help. It was a truly magical, interesting and inspirational read and i am already trying to get my hands on Lauren St John's next african adventure 'the last leopard'! i would strongly recommend this fantastic book, and it is certainly not just for animal lovers, if you like action, adventure, learning about different cultures or how to survive on a desert island then you should definitely read this book! and if you dont really like that kinda thing then i would still urge you to give it a go, it will amaze any mind! thanks.

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