Saving Thandi

After losing the use of his legs in a trainsurfing accident, Ice finds himself at a dead end. In despair, he visits his friend Jabu, who invites him on a game reserve trip. The purpose of the journey is to photograph teen surfing prodigy, Alexia, with rhino calves. From the outset, Ice clashes with the precocious Alexia, leading to comedic disaster.

Meanwhile, an insider is leaking information to a dangerous crime syndicate, and poachers are killing rhinos for their horns. Saskia, the game ranger’s wife, is doing all she can to rehabilitate the orphaned rhinos and finds Ice to be a rock in times of distress.

Alexia is lured into a dangerous trap on a luxury yacht, off the coast of Mozambique. She needs a hero. Ice, Jabu and friends will need to think fast and agree on who they can trust, and who is working with the enemy.

Can this mismatched group of teens outwit the poachers, with the chaotic help of a ventriloquist raven and a bling-loving monkey? The stakes are high, but friendship and teamwork are a considerable force.

Saving Thandi is a conservation adventure first, but it is also a story about a teenage boy who realises his purpose in life.

Written by Kate S. Richards

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Book two in the Adventures of Jabu & Friends trilogy


“Set in South Africa, ‘Saving Thandi’ explores the theme of conservation; the plight of rhinos in Africa. A series of exciting events propels the reader forward at a fast pace – an adventure that educates as well. Characters which are culturally and ability diverse are authentic and believable. This book has a feel-good, hopeful tone which I believe would appeal to the middle school age reader and above, who love animals.” ~ Suzanne Calder, Library Manager, Greymouth High School, West Coast

“This is a series that I have now recommended several times to anyone over the age of 11.  The insight into the animal rescue preserves and surfing are impeccably done.” ~ Jennie Rosenblum – Editor & Book Reviewer

“Excellent adventure both at sea and on the game reserve.” ~ Bob’s Books Blog

“Richards is a school librarian in Auckland and it is clear her passion and experience of working with children inform her writing.” ~ Rebekah Fraser – NZ Booklovers

“Ice showed me that even if it feels like life is giving up on you that there is always a way out”  ~ Hannah, EBIS intermediate

“There is action, humor, and a very lovable rhino. What more could there be?  Oh, surfing, organized crime, and some really bad dudes.” ~ Connie M. Huddleston, Award-winning author, USA

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Find out more about Auckland author and school librarian Kate S. Richards on her author profile.

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Dimensions23 × 15 cm

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