A Greyhound of A Girl

A Greyhound of A Girl

Book - 2011
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The best-ever children's novel from the brilliant Roddy Doyle is a funny, sad story about four generations of a family. Twelve-year-old Mary's beloved grandmother is near the end of her life. Letting go is hard-until Granny's long-dead mammy appears at Mary's door, returning to help her dying daughter say goodbye. But first she needs someone to drive them all on a visit to the past. A Greyhound of a Girl is a perfectly pitched, sharp and tender tale of family history, cracking characters, and bonds between mothers and daughters that will entrance readers from 10 to adult.
Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books,� 2011
ISBN: 9781407129334
Branch Call Number: JF DOYL

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KevinBrand
Jan 08, 2017

it was AMAZING I have an eleven year old daughter who thoroughly enjoyed this book when she was 9 she has now reread it a few times and enjoys it over and over again it is a wonderful book for those who love adventure, mystery and the story of an average girl about to discover her family

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BWilsoned
Oct 31, 2016

A wonderful story about family, dying, regret, memory, and compassion, forgiveness, release. It's lovely. And the dialogue is wonderful, so.

mandaladreamer May 11, 2013

I thought this book was fantastic. It starts out with 12 year old Mary seeing and talking to her "neighbor" who turns out to be Tansy, the ghost of her great- grandmother. But when she brings her home to meet the family, she's not the only one to see her, which I thought was charming and made the story really unique. Mary's grandmother, Emer is critically ill. She never knew her own mother since Tansy died when she was 3. Now Emer is dying, and Tansy needs Mary and her mother's help to comfort the daughter that she was unable to raise.
There is a really great scene with all four generations of women taking a car ride to visit the old family farm. Can you imagine taking a ride in a small car with your mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who happens to be a ghost? Great story-telling.
Missing parts of the family history are interspersed so it all pieces together very well.
I loved the Irish dialect, and the humor.

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cynthia94066
Apr 16, 2013

Charming for people who like odd girls. Reminded me of Emma-Jean Fall Out of a Tree. It's just got a certain tone to it. And it's short!

OranguTang Feb 20, 2013

I couldn't finish this book. The Irish "accent" was so distracting, I couldn't enjoy the story. Too many "so" and "sure" put in odd places...

_hollister_ Jul 31, 2012

meh. kinda boring. but not too bad.

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