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Lauren St. John - Author

About the Author

Lauren St John grew up surrounded by horses and wild animals on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe, the inspiration for her memoir, Rainbow’s End. After studying journalism, she relocated to the UK, where she spent nearly a decade on the European and PGA Tours as golf correspondent to the Sunday Times. She also wrote the acclaimed music biography Hardcore Troubadour: The Life & Near Death of Steve Earle. She is the author of the multi-award- winning The White Giraffe series for children, as well as the Laura Marlin mysteries, the first of which, Dead Man’s Cove, won the 2011 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Her bestselling One Dollar Horse series was followed by YA horse romance, The Glory, now optioned for film.

My Favourite Children’s Books by Lauren St John

For Love of a Horse by Patricia Leitch. Without doubt this is the book that inspired me most as a child. At the time I was living on a farm in Zimbabwe in Southern Africa and had a black horse called Morning Star and it seemed to me that the way I felt about him and Jinny Manders felt about the chestnut Arab mare she rescued from a circus in For Love of a Horse was identical. This series is just brilliant in every way. I’ve read each book at least five times and would happily do so again.

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotsen. To me, Eva Ibbotsen is a genius. You can pick up any of her books – The Dragonfly Pool and One Boy and His Dog are also fantastic – and be guaranteed a good read. A warm, joyous book to be enjoyed by any generation.

Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton. I think I read my first Famous Five novel when I was six and I was hooked from that moment on. Sure there are bits of that have dated and Enid Blyton is not the world’s greatest prose stylist. But decades on, the appeal of the Famous Five is as strong as ever. Impossible to resist.

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. The ultimate wish fulfillment fantasy, later made into an award-winning film. I’ve read this book more times than I can count and it never loses it’s magic. The film is great too.

Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell. I read this book as a set book at school in Zimbabwe and it had a big impact on me. Gavin Maxwell’s beautifully written book about his life with otters on Scotland’s remote west coast has been called a ‘masterpiece’ and ‘one of the outstanding wildlife books of all time.’ Anyone who loves animals and nature would enjoy this special book. Ring of Bright Water was later made into an outstanding film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers.

The Tiger who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. I fell in love with the smiley, chubby tiger in Judith Kerr’s classic picturebook during one hot Zimbabwe summer when I had to read it four or five times a day to my niece. If it had been up to her I’d have read it even more frequently. Each time I got to the end, she pleaded for us to begin again. Pure genius.

Featured books by Lauren St. John

Operation Rhino

Operation Rhino

9+ readers

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

When Sawubona's white rhinos are attacked, the poachers leave behind an orphaned calf. Devastated but determined to help, Martine and Ben agree to take the rhino baby to a sanctuary near the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. But the sanctuary is hiding a precious secret - one that must be guarded from the poachers at all costs. When the secret gets out, Martine and Ben find themselves in the fight of their lives to save one of the rarest animals on earth. But who can they trust?

Other books by Lauren St. John

Laura Marlin Mysteries: Dead Man's Cove and Kidnap in the Caribbean 2in1 Omnibus of books 1 and 2

Laura Marlin Mysteries: Dead Man's Cove and Kidnap in the Caribbean 2in1 Omnibus of books 1 and 2

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2019

2-in-1 edition of the first two stories in the BLUE PETER AWARD-winning mystery adventure series about11-year-old ace detective, Laura Marlin. BLUE PETER AWARD-winning DEAD MAN'S COVE is the first in a new detective adventure series from the author of the much-loved White Giraffe series. Orphaned Laura is sent to live with her uncle in Cornwall, convinced that a life of adventure is hers at last - and everywhere she turns she's confronted with mysteries. Is Tariq, the shopkeeper's silent son, a friend or an enemy? Why does her uncle seem intent on erasing his own past? And why is everyone so afraid of Dead Man's Cove? And in KIDNAP IN THE CARIBBEAN Laura Marlin has no idea that her dream holiday to the Caribbean might cost her and everyone she loves their lives, as they come face to face with pirates, a volcano and hungry sharks.

The Snow Angel

The Snow Angel

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Lauren St John's stunning Christmas classic is about forgotten children, the power of nature to heal us and a girl who will climb mountains in search for a place to call home. Nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal. Growing up in vibrant, crowded Nairobi, Makena has only one dream: to climb Mount Kenya like her hero, her mountain guide father. But when her beautiful world is shattered, she finds that in the city's dark places there are a thousand ways to fall, each more deadly than any crevasse. In a world of strangers, does she dare trust Snow, whose ballet dreams are haunted by a past she's still running from? And is the sparkling fox friend or foe? After a fresh start in the Scottish Highlands turns bad, Makena flees to the mountains. But will they betray her or be the making of her?

Kat Wolfe Investigates

Kat Wolfe Investigates

Author: Lauren St. John Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2018

Kat Wolfe loves her new home in idyllic Bluebell Bay, especially as it comes with a resident wildcat. But when she starts pet-sitting for pocket money, she finds that beneath the town's perfect surface lie some dark and dangerous secrets...After a pet owner vanishes from his clifftop mansion, Kat turns to her new friend, Harper Lamb, for help. What began as mystery-solving holiday fun quickly turns deadly for Wolfe and Lamb. Can they count on their unruly animals to save their lives?Kat Wolfe Investigates is the first in a compelling middle-grade mystery series from bestselling author Lauren St John.

The Snow Angel

The Snow Angel

Author: Lauren St. John Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/10/2017

Lauren St John's stunning Christmas classic is about forgotten children, the power of nature to heal us and a girl who will climb mountains in search for a place to call home. Nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal. Growing up in vibrant, crowded Nairobi, Makena has only one dream: to climb Mount Kenya like her hero, her mountain guide father. But when her beautiful world is shattered, she finds that in the city's dark places there are a thousand ways to fall, each more deadly than any crevasse. In a world of strangers, does she dare trust Snow, whose ballet dreams are haunted by a past she's still running from? And is the sparkling fox friend or foe? After a fresh start in the Scottish Highlands turns bad, Makena flees to the mountains. But will they betray her or be the making of her?

The Snow Angel

The Snow Angel

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Downloadable audio file Release Date: 05/10/2017

Lauren St John's stunning Christmas classic is about forgotten children, the power of nature to heal us and a girl who will climb mountains in search for a place to call home. Nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal. Growing up in vibrant, crowded Nairobi, Makena has only one dream: to climb Mount Kenya like her hero, her mountain guide father. But when her beautiful world is shattered, she finds that in the city's dark places there are a thousand ways to fall, each more deadly than any crevasse. In a world of strangers, does she dare trust Snow, whose ballet dreams are haunted by a past she's still running from? And is the sparkling fox friend or foe? After a fresh start in the Scottish Highlands turns bad, Makena flees to the mountains. But will they betray her or be the making of her?

Laura Marlin Mysteries: The Secret of Supernatural Creek Book 5

Laura Marlin Mysteries: The Secret of Supernatural Creek Book 5

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Eleven-year-old ace detective Laura Marlin is back for her next exciting adventure in the fifth mystery from award-winning author Lauren St John. After helping to capture Mr A, the notorious leader of the Straight A gang, Laura Marlin is looking forward to taking a break from mysteries and relaxing on her school trip to Australia. But then Mr A escapes from prison and suspicious accidents start happening around Laura. Laura is sure that Mr A is out to get revenge on her. But will she be able to convince her friends that the danger is real before one of the accidents becomes deadly?

Early Reader: Mercy and the Hippo

Early Reader: Mercy and the Hippo

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

A full colour Early Reader story about a little girl and her hippo friend, Mercy, from BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD-winning author, Lauren St John. Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books perfect for building confidence in new readers and reluctant readers. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.

Early Reader: A Friend for Christmas

Early Reader: A Friend for Christmas

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

A full colour red Early Reader story about a dog who comes home for Christmas from BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD-winning author, Lauren St John. Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books perfect for building confidence in new readers and reluctant readers. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. If Luka could have anything in the world for Christmas, it would be to see Buddy again, his red and grey mongrel with one floppy ear. But Buddy has been missing for months. Then again, sometimes, at Christmas time, wishes really do come true.

The White Giraffe Series: Operation Rhino Book 5

The White Giraffe Series: Operation Rhino Book 5

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

The fifth African adventure in Lauren St John's bestselling THE WHITE GIRAFFE series. When Sawubona's white rhinos are attacked, the poachers leave behind a terrified calf. Devastated but determined to help, Martine and Ben agree to take the rhino baby to a sanctuary near the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. But the sanctuary is hiding a precious secret - one that must be guarded from the poachers at all costs. When the secret gets out, Martine and Ben find themselves in the fight of their lives to save one of the rarest animals on earth. But who can they trust? A magical and heartwarming adventure about saving endangered species.

Laura Marlin Mysteries: Kentucky Thriller and Rendezvous in Russia 2in1 Omnibus of books 3 and 4

Laura Marlin Mysteries: Kentucky Thriller and Rendezvous in Russia 2in1 Omnibus of books 3 and 4

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

2-in-1 edition of the first two stories in the BLUE PETER AWARD-winning mystery adventure series about 11-year-old ace detective, Laura Marlin. In KENTUCKY THRILLER, Laura is ecstatic when her uncle agrees to let her keep a horse after they rescue it from an overturned horsebox. But he has one condition - before he will allow her to adopt it they have to find its former owner, just to ensure that it hasn't been stolen. A visit to Newmarket to investigate the thoroughbred's origins leads Laura to the Kentucky Derby in the US and deep into the murky world of race-fixing. And in RENDEZVOUS IN RUSSIA, Laura, Skye and Tariq are whirled into a breathtaking mystery adventure when they join the film crew on the set of THE ARISTOCRATIC THIEF about an art heist that could never be pulled off in real life. Or could it? Adventure and drama just seem to find Laura even when she's not looking for it.

Early Reader: Anthony Ant Saves the Day

Early Reader: Anthony Ant Saves the Day

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2015

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Antony the ant is tired of being small and wishes he was big enough to be a hero. Then, one day, he climbs to the top of the tallest tree in the jungle and makes an enormous discovery!

Laura Marlin Mysteries: The Midnight Picnic World Book Day 2014

Laura Marlin Mysteries: The Midnight Picnic World Book Day 2014

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Ace detective Laura Marlin returns in another gripping adventure mystery for World Book Day 2014, from award-winning author, Lauren St John. When a prize-winning essay earns Laura Marlin an invitation to a midnight picnic on mysterious Bodmin Moor she can hardly wait, especially since her best friend, Tariq, and husky, Skye, get to come too. But Bodmin is a place steeped in legend and as the fog descends it becomes hard to separate myth from reality. When a freak accident leaves the children alone, Laura has to use all her powers of deduction to outwit an enemy who may not even exist.

One Dollar Horse

One Dollar Horse

Author: Lauren St. John Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2014

Casey Blue lebt in einem der schabigsten Wohnblocks von London. Sie hilft als Pferdepflegerin in einer kleinen Reitschule aus. Aber sie hat einen Traum: das weltgrote Turnier im Vielseitigkeitsreiten zu gewinnen. Als Casey ein fast verhungertes, halbwildes edles Pferd rettet, verspricht das Unwahrscheinliche wahr zu werden. Und Casey wird alles dazu tun! Aber sie hat nicht damit gerechnet, welche Folgen die Straftat ihres geliebten Vaters fur sie haben kann. Und auch nicht damit, dem dunklen, schmelzenden Blick eines Jungen zu begegnen. Sie muss sich doch auf ihre Karriere konzentrieren! Ein atemberaubender Roman, der das Zeug zu einem Pferdebuch-Klassiker hat.

Laura Marlin Mysteries: Dead Man's Cove Book 1

Laura Marlin Mysteries: Dead Man's Cove Book 1

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

When orphaned Laura Marlin moves from a children's home to live with her uncle in Cornwall, she longs for a life of excitement just like the characters in her favourite detective novels. A real life adventure is on hand as she is deposited at her uncle's spooky house ...Why does her uncle, Calvin Redfern, forbid her to go to Dead Man's Cove? What's the truth about Tariq, the silent Indian boy who lives with the flamboyant Mukthars? Who is J? Who has left the message in a bottle for Laura to discover? Mysteries abound and who better to solve them than Laura Marlin, ace detective? Accompanied by her trusty companion, Skye, a three-legged husky, the dog she's always wanted, Laura's adventures begin in this first captivating mystery, winner of the 2011 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award.

The White Giraffe Series: The White Giraffe and Dolphin Song Two African Adventures - books 1 and 2

The White Giraffe Series: The White Giraffe and Dolphin Song Two African Adventures - books 1 and 2

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

11 year old Martine's African adventures begin in THE WHITE GIRAFFE and DOLPHIN SONG, as she meets a magical white giraffe, rescues beached dolphins, and learns of an ancient prophecy that says the child who rides the white giraffe will have power over all the animals. Martine is eleven when she goes to live on a game reserve in South Africa. One night she looks out of her window and sees a giraffe - silver, tinged with cinnamon in the moonlight. In that instant, she knows that she is prepared to risk everything for it, and her thrilling adventures as the child who can ride the white giraffe begin. Join Martine in these heart-warming stories, as she discovers her special gift of healing, and rescues beached dolphins in the islands of Mozambique. These are books full of charm and atmosphere and stunning African landscapes, which will enchant animal lovers everywhere.

Dolphin Song

Dolphin Song

Author: Lauren St. John Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2008

Just as Martine is settling into life on the wildlife game reserve, she is whisked away on a school trip. She must leave her white giraffe, Jemmy, for two weeks! Her class is going on an ocean voyage to witness the Sardine Run, a spectacular natural phenomenon, off the coast of South Africa. What begins as an exciting adventure quickly turns perilous when a storm blows up and Martine and her classmates are thrown overboard into shark-infested waters. They are saved by a pod of dolphins, only to end up marooned on a deserted island. The castaways, at odds with one another, must figure out not only how to survive, but how to help the dolphins when a terrible danger threatens them. In a gripping tale of courage, friendship, and survival, Martine must use her healing gift and her wilderness training to save both humans and animals alike.

The White Giraffe Book 1

The White Giraffe Book 1

Author: Lauren St. John Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2006

When she is eleven years old, Martine is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. Her grandmother seems strangely unwelcoming and Martine has a difficult time settling in at her new school, where she is conspicuously an outsider. But she has an ally in Tendai - one of the keepers on the reserve, from whom she learns the lore and survival techniques of the bush, and in Grace - who instantly senses there is something special about Martine. There are secrets about Sawubona (the reserve) just waiting to be revealed, and rumours too about a fabled white giraffe - a trophy for hunters everywhere. One night Martine, lonely and feeling slightly rebellious too, looks out of her window and see a young albino giraffe - silver, tinged with cinnamon in the moonlight. This is the beginning of her mysterious and magical adventures - her discovery of her gift of healing and a secret valley that she travels to with the giraffe, where she'll find clues about her past and future. Above all it's is a heart-warming story, full of charm and atmosphere, and Martine's sheer delight in her giraffe friend and the fantastic landscape which is theirs to explore.

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