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Mary OHara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny cant let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Marys street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Grannys 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.

Praise for A Greyhound of a Girl

STARRED REVIEW
“A warm, witty, exquisitely nuanced multigenerational story.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

STARRED REVIEW

“This elegantly constructed yet beautifully simple story, set in Ireland and spun with affection by Booker Prize–winner Doyle, will be something different for YA readers. These four lilting voices will linger long after the book is closed.”

Booklist, starred review

STARRED REVIEW

"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."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

"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."

Horn Book

"For children grieving the death of a parent or grandparent, this book provides comfort."

Library Media Connection

Award:

Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens

Cooperative Childrens Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction

USBBY Outstanding International Books List 2013

 

Review:

"Doyle revisits the subject of his picture book, Her Mother's Face (2008), with this trim novel about a comforting ghost who helps a family deal with the loss of a loved one. Mary O'Hara, 12, hates her daily trips to the Dublin hospital where her beloved grandmother, Emer, is dying, presumably from old age. Returning from school one day, Mary meets Tansey, who seems vaguely familiar even though she is dressed 'like a woman who milked cows and threw hay with a pitchfork.' Mary's mother, Scarlett (yes, Doyle has named a character Scarlett O'Hara), figures out that Tansey is the ghost of Emer's mother, who died suddenly of the flu in 1928, when Emer was only three. (Doyle is writing from a personal place: his mother lost her mother at a very early age and grew up with the profound sadness of not being able to remember what she looked like.) 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. Ages 9 — up. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The Black Dog of Depression has descended over the adults of Dublin. Uncles are losing their businesses, dads wonandrsquo;t get out of bed, mothers no longer smile at their children. Siblings Raymond and Gloria have had enough and set out one night with one goal in mind: to stop the Black Dog, whatever it takes. In a chase through the streets and parks and beaches of Dublin, the children run after the Black Dog, and soon dozens, then hundreds, then thousands of kids join in their fight. They discover they have one weapon against the Black Dog. The weapon is a word: andldquo;brilliant.andrdquo;

Illustrated throughout by a bright new talent and told through the masterful dialogue for which the acclaimed Roddy Doyle is known, Brilliant is a very special book with a storybook feel.

Synopsis:

Mary OHara is a sharp twelve-year-old Dublin schoolgirl bravely facing the fact that her beloved Gran is dying. But Gran cant let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up on Marys street with a message for Gran, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Grans own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. To persuade Gran, 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.

About the Author

Roddy Doyle is the author of nine novels. He won the Man Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. His novels have been made into popular films, including The Commitments and The Snapper. He lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

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edie.ching, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by edie.ching)
an intergenerational story of love and loss. As a grandmother prepares to die, her family begins to grieve, some, like a grandson, being angray, others, like her granddaughter, being confused and unsure. And then HER mother appears to "take her home", and we all feel sadness but also laughter (the granddaughter, accused of being cheeky learns that her great gram is cheeky too). There is warmth here and humor and the sense that things change but love prevails. Just a lovely lovely book.
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edie.ching, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by edie.ching)
an intergenerational story of love and loss. As a grandmother prepares to die, her family begins to grieve, some, like a grandson, being angray, others, like her granddaughter, being confused and unsure. And then HER mother appears to "take her home", and we all feel sadness but also laughter (the granddaughter, accused of being cheeky learns that her great gram is cheeky too). There is warmth here and humor and the sense that things change but love prevails. Just a lovely lovely book.
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Claire Cushing, May 21, 2012 (view all comments by Claire Cushing)
Roddy Doyle never disappoints- and it doesn't hurt that this gem has such a beautiful book cover!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781419701689
Author:
Doyle, Roddy
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Author:
Hughes, Emily
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20150908
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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Product details 192 pages Amulet Books - English 9781419701689 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Doyle revisits the subject of his picture book, Her Mother's Face (2008), with this trim novel about a comforting ghost who helps a family deal with the loss of a loved one. Mary O'Hara, 12, hates her daily trips to the Dublin hospital where her beloved grandmother, Emer, is dying, presumably from old age. Returning from school one day, Mary meets Tansey, who seems vaguely familiar even though she is dressed 'like a woman who milked cows and threw hay with a pitchfork.' Mary's mother, Scarlett (yes, Doyle has named a character Scarlett O'Hara), figures out that Tansey is the ghost of Emer's mother, who died suddenly of the flu in 1928, when Emer was only three. (Doyle is writing from a personal place: his mother lost her mother at a very early age and grew up with the profound sadness of not being able to remember what she looked like.) 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. Ages 9 — up. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Black Dog of Depression has descended over the adults of Dublin. Uncles are losing their businesses, dads wonandrsquo;t get out of bed, mothers no longer smile at their children. Siblings Raymond and Gloria have had enough and set out one night with one goal in mind: to stop the Black Dog, whatever it takes. In a chase through the streets and parks and beaches of Dublin, the children run after the Black Dog, and soon dozens, then hundreds, then thousands of kids join in their fight. They discover they have one weapon against the Black Dog. The weapon is a word: andldquo;brilliant.andrdquo;

Illustrated throughout by a bright new talent and told through the masterful dialogue for which the acclaimed Roddy Doyle is known, Brilliant is a very special book with a storybook feel.

"Synopsis" by , Mary OHara is a sharp twelve-year-old Dublin schoolgirl bravely facing the fact that her beloved Gran is dying. But Gran cant let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up on Marys street with a message for Gran, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Grans own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. To persuade Gran, 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.

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