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The Last Leopard

Written by Lauren St. John

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The Last Leopard Review

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A thrilling and enchanting story about animal survival, this sequel to The White Giraffe and Dolphin Song tells how Martine must use her magical powers with animals to save Kahn, The Last Leopard. Martine’s summer holiday plans had already been made when suddenly she and her friend Ben are taken off to a wilderness in Zimbabwe. Caught up in a terrifying plot, the two children need all their bush knowledge and skills to survive and, above all, to save the mighty Kahn.


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Rich with the scents, sounds and intoxicating magic of Africa, join Martine, an English orphan and her greatest friend and ally, the white giraffe as they uncover a plot in which the fate of a magnificent leopard and the lost treasure of an African King is at stake. Their friendship faces its greatest test as they race against time to save the leopard as well as themselves. Lauren’s previous novels set in Africa include Dolphin Song and The White Giraffe.


The Last Leopard Synopsis

Martine is looking forward to the holidays and riding Jemmy, her white giraffe, until an accident sends her and Ben on a journey to the Matobo Hills wilderness in Zimbabwe. It is a lawless land, where nothing is as it seems. When they uncover a plot in which the fate of a magnificent leopard and the lost treasure of an African King are mysteriously linked, their friendship faces its greatest test. Far from home and the help of Grace and Tendai, and with Gwyn Thomas languishing, under false accusations, in jail, Martine and Ben must use every survival skill they possess. They'll come face to face with Griffin, Mercy, Mr Ratcliffe (known as Rat), Magnus the hornbill, and a witch doctor, not to mention Khan, the last leopard. They must decide who their friends are, and who are enemies, as they race against time to save the world's rarest leopard and each other.

The Last Leopard Press Reviews

‘St John’s refined prose and assertive young protagonists convey a profound regard for the beauty and magic of the vast African backdrop… a hugely enjoyable and gripping summer read for both girls and boys.’ The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781842556672
Publication date: 28/05/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781842555347
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781842555347
Publication date: 1st August 2008
Author: Lauren St. John
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Animals, Wildlife
Recommendations: eBooks

About Lauren St. John

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 ...

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