Synopses & Reviews
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 Prizewinner Doyle, will be something different for YA readers. These four lilting voices will linger long after the book is closed.”
Booklist, 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."
"For children grieving the death of a parent or grandparent, this book provides comfort."
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"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.
andquot;Hopeful and surprisingly exhilarating.andquot;
andquot;Doyle fills the kidsandrsquo; adventure with fun.andquot;
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.
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.
About the Author
is an internationally acclaimed novelist, screenwriter, and playwright. In 1993 he won the Man Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
. Doyle has also published many books for children, the most recent of which, A Greyhound of a Girl
, was short-listed for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. He lives in Dublin.
Hawaii native Emily Hughesandrsquo;s picture book debut, Wild, was on many andldquo;best ofandrdquo; lists for 2014.