12 year old Mary's beloved grandmother is near the end of her life.
Letting go is hard - until Granny's long-dead mammy appears.
Her ghost has returned to help her dying daughter say goodbye to the ones she loves.
But first she needs to take them all on a road trip to the past.
A GREYHOUND OF A GIRL is a perfectly-pitched, funny and tender tale about four generations of an Irish family, and the special bonds between mothers and daughters.
It will entrance readers from 10 to adult.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages, maps
- Publisher: Scholastic
- Publication Date: 07/06/2012
- Category: Horror & ghost
- ISBN: 9781407129341
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Review by rata
Disappointing, this book was repetitive and drawn out. The storyline was predictable right from the start and i found that because it was so repetitive (rather than introduce new twists) it soon became boring. Mary (12 years old)meets the ghost of her great grandmother Tansey. Tansey wishes to talk to her daughter Emer who was only a 4 year old when Tansey died of the flu. Emer is now aged and nearing her death and cannot remember much about her mother, only that she went to feed the greyhounds and when she came inside she felt ill and later on died. Tansey's ghost has returned to help her dying daughter say goodbye to the ones she loves. But first she needs to take them all on a road trip to the past. After reading this book i kept thinking i must have missed something as this book was shortlisted for a 2012 Book of the Year Award. Maybe it was ther difference in generational thinking, while i enjoyed the spirit and cheekiness of Tansey, the great grandmother, i soon became annoyed with the youngest member Mary. I found her attitude annoying as she constantly aimed to justify herself throughout by saying "I'm not being cheeky". If the author intended to illustrate the difference in generational personalities then she achieved this albeit overdone. Hopefully other readers will enjoy it more than i.