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A greyhound of a girl

by Doyle, Roddy, 1958-

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Juvenile Fiction J Fic Doyl
Location  Andrew Bayne Memorial Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
 
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j FICTION Doyle
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection
 
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Crafton Public Library Middle Grades Section MG F DOYLE 2012 CRAFTON 4/12
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Collection  Middle Grades Section
 
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Juv Fiction J FIC DOY
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Collection  Juv Fiction
 
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j DOY
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Collection  Juvenile Fiction
 
Call Number  j DOY
 
 
Whitehall Public Library Teen Fiction YA Doyle
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Collection  Teen Fiction
 
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Summary
Mary O'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't let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary's street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny'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.

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 Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction
USBBY Outstanding International Books List 2013

 
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Mary, Scarlett, Ember, Tansy. Four generations of the same family. Mary is 12; Scarlett is her mother; Ember, Mary's grandmother, is dying; and Tansy, Ember's mother and Mary's great-grandmother, is a ghost. Isn't it grand? 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. It's Mary who first spots Tansy, and she assumes she's a new, albeit odd, neighbor. As readers learn through the twisting narrative, Tansy died of the flu when Ember was just three. Now, it is Ember who is dying. Tansy, tethered to this world by guilt, wants to comfort her daughter in ways she was unable to while Ember was growing up. Will Mary and Scarlett help her? That's the bare bones, but the heart and soul are found in the stories of each life. Sometimes told in separate chapters, sometimes intertwined into the contemporary narrative, they describe the sweet moments and heartaches that come to everyone and crystallize how events long in the past affect the present. There's more than a touch of magic realism as Mary and Scarlett readily accept Tansy's ghostliness, but the love they feel for each other is bedrock. These four lilting voices will linger long after the book is closed.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly 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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Grandmothers -- Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction.
Death -- Juvenile fiction.
Voyages and travels -- Juvenile fiction.
Ghost stories.
Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
Ghosts -- Fiction.
Dublin (Ireland) -- Juvenile fiction.
Ireland -- Juvenile fiction.
Dublin (Ireland) -- Fiction.
Ireland -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Amulet Books,2012
Language English
Notes Maps on lining papers.
Description 201 pages : maps ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781419701689 (hbk.)
1419701681 (hbk.)
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