It is to be expected that a children’s book from Roddy Doyle would be funny, poignant and very, very Irish.
A Greyhound of a Girl doesn’t disappoint on any of these points. It is beautifully written with characters that charm you from the start.
This is a four generational story of mothers and daughters; a ghost story; a road trip; a tear-jerker! The big themes of life and death are dealt with deftly and delicately.
Highly recommended for 10+ readers, teens and well, anyone really, who enjoys a heartfelt family story.
A great story, simply told that deserves to have no limits set for readership!
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.