A Greyhound of a Girl

Suitable for 11 - 14 years

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The best-ever children’s novel from the brilliant Roddy Doyle is a funny, sad story about four generations of a family. 12 year old Mary O’Hara’s beloved, joke-cracking grandmother is near the end of her life. Letting go is hard – until a mysterious young woman appears at Mary’s door. She is the ghost of Granny’s long-dead mammy and her mission is to help her dying daughter say goodbye to the ones she loves. But first she needs someone to drive them all to the old family farm for a visit to the past. A GREYHOUND OF A GIRL is a perfectly-pitched, sharp and tender tale of family history, cracking characters, and bonds between mothers and daughters that will entrance readers from 10 to adult.

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Date published

September 1st, 2011

Other details

  • 176 pages



UK edition


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What kids think

  1. Spidergirl
    on 7 March 2014

    I would recommend this book to ppl

    4 out of 5
  2. booksrule1
    on 8 September 2013

    it really touched me i would recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery and trajeck loss

    5 out of 5
  3. Magicme11
    on 4 March 2013

    I kind of did not understand it,but I got the hang of it somehow.A great read.

    4 out of 5
  4. victoria22
    on 7 March 2012

    A sentimental story of a girl whose best friend has just moved away, and her grandmother is dying. Roddy Doyle has a lovely gentle writing style and it is a joy to read.

    5 out of 5
  5. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 5 September 2011

    This book captured the Irish culture perfectly. Roddy Doyle is one of the truly great writers of this generation.

    Aysha, age 12

    Having enjoyed ‘The Giggler Treatment’ by Roddy Doyle, I was really looking forward to reading this book. It’s a story exploring the relationships between four generations of women in an Irish family. Mary is the youngest of them and her granny Emer is in hospital. I liked the way that some of the chapters went back to different characters’ memories of the past. The story was sometimes funny and sometimes sad.

    I found this book intriguing because it had a ghost in it. I could imagine how Mary felt because my grannie was in hospital too as I was reading the last few chapters.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading stories about families and the past.

    Lettie, age 11