Granny Was a Buffer Girl

Granny Was a Buffer Girl

by Berlie Doherty


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ISBN-13: 9781846470240
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Edition description: New

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Granny Was a Buffer Girl 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Do you know what a "buffer girl" is? Jess Bradley learns that her Grandmother Dorothy had been a buffer girl who worked polishing metal in a cutlery factory. While the book title is based on this, the story line centers not on Granny Dorothy but on Jess herself, who is leaving her Sheffield, England, home for a year of college in France. The whole family is gathered together for a good-by celebration as well as for their annual remembrance of Danny, Jess's older brother. Jess wants to collect her family's stories to take with her, so while they are all there, they share their history with her. Jess hears about her mother's parents, Grandpa Jack, a Protestant, and Grandma Bridie, a Catholic, and how their love overcame their differences. Her father's parents, Grandad Albert and Granny Dorothy, the buffer girl, tell their story. Jess's parents, Michael and Josie, explain how they met and married. Jess remembers her brother Danny, condemned from birth to a short life in a wheelchair, whose wish for a baby sister gave his parents the courage to have Jess. She adds her own stories about her brother John, her Grandad Albert's friend Davey, a visit with her Uncle Gilbert and Aunt Louie, and her own "lost love" Terry. While the book relates an interesting story, it did not hold my attention very well. It moves very slowly at times. The language is not bad, with a few common euphemisms. There are references to smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, and dancing. In fact, the next to the last chapter is about Jess's going to a disco dance where she met a guy named Terry and "fell in love" with him. They had a couple of nice outings together, but shortly afterward she learned that he was married and had a baby. Jess is said to have lied a couple of times. And Jess and her mother have an odd discussion in which her mother, who was raised Catholic, doesn't really know if she believes in heaven or hell any longer. Girls may like this book better than boys, but while there is nothing really wrong with it, even though it was a Carnegie Medal winner in 1986, it just did not come across to me as something outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
do you like reading about family stories on how every generation met? if so, this is the perfect book for you !! it's all about family secrets , all about love stories and ghost stories. this is the most magnificent book I ever won't stop reading this book until you have finished it. so go on, buy it right now!!!