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A Greyhound of A Girl

Doyle, Roddy (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Greyhound of A Girl
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"Mary O'Hara is a sharp and cheeky twelve-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Gran is dying. But Gran can't let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary's street with a message for her Gran, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Doyle, Roddy, 1958-
Title: A greyhound of a girl
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2012
Characteristics: 201 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Roddy Doyle
Summary: "Mary O'Hara is a sharp and cheeky twelve-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Gran is dying. But Gran can't let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary's street with a message for her Gran, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 1419701681
9781419701689
Branch Call Number: y DOYLE 2012
Subject Headings: Ireland Juvenile fiction Dublin (Ireland) Juvenile fiction Voyages and travels Juvenile fiction Death Juvenile fiction Mothers and daughters Juvenile fiction Grandmothers Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Ghost stories
Topical Term: Voyages and travels
Death
Mothers and daughters
Grandmothers
LCCN: 2011042200
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Mary O'Hara is a Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. When a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary's street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure.


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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.

Apr 16, 2013
  • cynthia94066 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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!

Feb 20, 2013
  • OranguTang rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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...

Jul 31, 2012
  • _hollister_ rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

meh. kinda boring. but not too bad.

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