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A greyhound of a girl

By: Roddy Doyle

161312418X / 9781613124185
eBook (EPUB)
01/05/2012
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224 pages
Copy: 10%; print: 10%
Quiz No: 222188, Points 4.00, Book Level 3.30,
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<div>Mary O&#8217;Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying.

But Granny can&#8217;t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary&#8217;s street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure.

The woman is the ghost of Granny&#8217;s own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world.

She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past.

Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey.

One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.<br> <br> <u>Praise for <i>A Greyhound of a Girl</i></u><br> <div> <b>STARRED REVIEW</b></div> <div> &#147;A warm, witty, exquisitely nuanced multigenerational story.&#8221;<br> &#150;<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, starred review<br> <br> <b>STARRED REVIEW</b></div> <div> &#147;This elegantly constructed yet beautifully simple story, set in Ireland and spun with affection by Booker Prize&#150;winner Doyle, will be something different for YA readers.

These four lilting voices will linger long after the book is closed.&#8221;<br> &#150;<i>Booklist</i>, starred review<br> <br> <b>STARRED REVIEW</b><br> "Written mostly in dialogue, at which Doyle excels, and populated with a charming foursome of Irish women, this lovely tale is as much about overcoming the fear of death as it is about death itself."<br> &#150;<i>Publishers Weekly</i>, starred review</div> <div> <br> "In this moving and artfully structured ghost tale, four generations of Irish women come together.

A big part of the pleasure here is the rhythm of the language and the contrasting voices of the generations.

Any opportunity to read it aloud would be a treat."<br> &#150;<i>Horn Book</i><br> <br> "For children grieving the death of a parent or grandparent, this book provides comfort."<br> &#150;<i>Library Media Connection</i><br> <br> <u><b>Award:</b></u><br> Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens<br> Cooperative Children&#8217;s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction<br> USBBY Outstanding International Books List 2013<br> <br> &#160;</div></div>

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