A Greyhound of a Girl


Author – Roddy Doyle

Age – 9+

Mary, Scarlett, Emer, Tansey. Four generations of girls in one Irish family.

Mary is twelve, Scarlett is her mother, Emer is her ailing grandmother in hospital and Tansey is her great grandmother who also just happens to be a ghost.

One day on the way home, Mary meets an old lady called Tansey. When she tells her mother about it, Scarlett is intrigued. She soon realises that Tansey is her own grandmother and that Tansey is there to see her ailing daughter in hospital. What follows is an adventure with all four generations.

Told from the four characters points of view, the layers cross over beautifully to tell a wonderful story of their family’s past.

Shortlisted for CILIP/Carnegie Medal Award 2013. Absolutely loved it!


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