Publisher's Note:  

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.

A Greyhound of a Girl

by Roddy Doyle

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Overall Review:  

A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle is a short book that sweetly explores the connections among four generations of women in a family.  It jumps among the characters in time and in perspective.  It also provided a few brief insights into the changing dynamics of the parent-child relationship as the child grows older.  The dialogue was originally charming, but became innocuous, indistinctive, and tedious as the story progressed.  Technically A Greyhound of a Girl is a middle grade book, but the pacing lends itself to an older reader; in fact, it may be the type of book that an adult likes rather than a young reader.  Although the title captured my interest, the book failed to keep it.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  25 religious exclamations.

Note:  Incidences of British use of "bloody" not tallied.


Violence/Gore:  Character imagines a bloody personification; report of death by illness; report of a an animal being put down with the mention of blood.


Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:  

Death, Growing-up.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

General, incidental references to adults smoking and drinking.

Reviewed By Cindy
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