The Greyhound

The Greyhound

by John Cooper
     
 

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Trouble seems to follow Danny. His family has moved, his father is battling alcoholism, and Danny has a fiery temper. But he excels at judo, and the dojo is where he finds an outlet. As he prepares for competition, the arrival of a greyhound may hold the key to Danny finding both balance in his life and a greater understanding of his father.See more details below

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Trouble seems to follow Danny. His family has moved, his father is battling alcoholism, and Danny has a fiery temper. But he excels at judo, and the dojo is where he finds an outlet. As he prepares for competition, the arrival of a greyhound may hold the key to Danny finding both balance in his life and a greater understanding of his father.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Canadian author Cooper (Season of Rage) chronicles a year in the maturation of 15-year-old Danny, whose alcoholic father, Jack, has reduced their family of four to renting a bungalow in his old hometown and is catching work as a church custodian. Danny is initially frustrated by Jack's adoption of a retired greyhound, Long Shot, though it's clear his real anger is reserved for his father. The boy vents in a journal that he keeps for his psychiatrist, excels at his local judo club, and befriends Ben, a refugee from Darfur. The arrival of an old friend of Jack's spurs a big-money scheme to train Long Shot for one last "race of the decade," and Danny bonds with Long Shot as they prepare. The novel can feel scattered, as Cooper jumps between extended conversations about Danny's father's alcoholism, excerpts from Danny's journal entries (as well as books and letters he reads), backstory about Long Shot, and school presentations, all of which slow the story's pace. These drawbacks aside, it's a quiet, thoughtful coming-of-age novel about a sensitive boy and his exceptional pet. Ages 12–up. (July)
CM Magazine
"The author works hard, and succeeds, in writing a story that makes the reader feel sympathy for both father and son, without being told why."

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"The author works hard, and succeeds, in writing a story that makes the reader feel sympathy for both father and son, without being told why."

a quiet, thoughtful coming-of-age novel about a sensitive boy and his exceptional pet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459702455
Publisher:
Dundurn Press
Publication date:
06/22/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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a quiet, thoughtful coming-of-age novel about a sensitive boy and his exceptional pet.

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