Author(s): Roddy Doyle
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
Shortlisted for CBI Book of the Year Award 2012.
Roddy Doyle won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. He was a schoolteacher before becoming a bestselling writer. He has written five books for children. In 2009 he established the creative writing centre ‘Fighting Words’. Doyle lives with his family in Dublin. www.roddydoyle.ie