8.20 It’s a Summer Monday! What are you reading???


Visit Teach Mentor Texts for Jen & Kellee’s “original”.



By Roddy Doyle (Harry N. Abrams, Hardcover, 9781419701689, 192pp.) Publication Date: May 2012

Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Kids’ Next List
“One day as 12-year-old Mary walks home from school, she meets a mysterious woman who seems to appear out of nowhere. The woman looks young, but seems old, and her name is Tansey, which, as it happens, is the name of Mary’s long-dead great-grandmother. Tansey says she has a message for Mary’s granny. And so, impossibly, four generations of women embark on a midnight road trip to revisit the farm that made them who they are. Doyle’s delightful story is charming, witty, and poignant, a surprisingly fresh generational tale that mothers and daughters will want to share!”
— Megan Graves, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA

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.

My Comment:Very clever, multigenerational “ghost” story. Ghost is in quotes because it’s not the scary-type ghost–it’s a warm, friendly, family ghost. I enjoyed the dialogue, especially since it was Irish and used interesting phrases.



(See? Even on vacation.)


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