Wilderness by Roddy Doyle

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One part family drama, one part action-adventure; this is the children's novel we've been waiting for from Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle!

A novel of mothers lost and found. Grainne's Mom disappeared years ago when her parents were divorced, and Mom moved to the U.S. Now, bafflingly, she's reappeared and wants to meet. What could she be up to?
To get out of the way of this mysterious reunion, Grainne's half-brothers, Johnny and Tom, go with their mother, Sandra, on an "adventure holiday" in Finland. But before they're more than a few days into the snowy north, the boys are separated from Sandra, taking impossible risks to save her life. WILDERNESS is part-adventure, part-family drama with a charm that's all Roddy.

About Roddy Doyle

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Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1958, Roddy Doyle has become one of the most renown and celebrated Irish authors of the late twentieth century. Doyl received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Finian’s Christian Brothers School in Sutton and went on to University College, Dublin. Upon the completion of his education, Roddy Doyle worked as a Geography and English teacher in Kilbarrack, North Dublin. Roddy Doyle’s adult novel, Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha, a story about a ten-year old boy living Ireland, won Doyle the Booker Prize, the United Kingdom’s greatest literary honor. Roddy Doyle lives in Ireland with his wife, Belinda and their two children.
Published January 1, 2007 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the story lines of both Grainne and the boys, finding your mother is a simultaneously painful and deeply rewarding process.

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The Guardian

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The first story, 'Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner', is a portrait of Larry Linnane, a doting Irish father, apparently as tolerant as they come.

Sep 23 2007 | Read Full Review of Wilderness

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Wilderness by Roddy Doyle 220pp Scholastic, £12.99 While Johnny and Tom are in the snowy wilderness of Lapland on a husky-sledging holiday with their mother, Sandra, their half-sister, Gráinne, is back home with her dad in a wilderness of her own: teenagehood.

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Grainne and Frank stay at home, to await the first visit from Grainne's mother since she left all those years ago.

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