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Bog Child

by Siobhan Dowd
Read by Sile Bermingham

Random House Audio Publishing Group | July 14, 2009 | Audio Book (CD)

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DIGGING FOR PEAT in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she's been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him-his brother on hunger-strike in prison, his growing feelings for Cora, his parents arguing over the Troubles, and him in it up to the neck, blackmailed into acting as courier to God knows what-a little voice comes to him in his dreams, and the mystery of the bog child unfurls.

Bog Child is an astonishing novel exploring the sacrifices made in the name of peace, and the unflinching strength of the human spirit.


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Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.96 × 5.14 × 1.14 in

Published: July 14, 2009

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0739385380

ISBN - 13: 9780739385388

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Bog Child

by Siobhan Dowd
Read by Sile Bermingham

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.96 × 5.14 × 1.14 in

Published: July 14, 2009

Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0739385380

ISBN - 13: 9780739385388

About the Book

In 1981, the height of Ireland's "Troubles," eighteen-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother's hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered girl whose body he discovered in a bog.

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DIGGING FOR PEAT in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she's been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him-his brother on hunger-strike in prison, his growing feelings for Cora, his parents arguing over the Troubles, and him in it up to the neck, blackmailed into acting as courier to God knows what-a little voice comes to him in his dreams, and the mystery of the bog child unfurls.

Bog Child is an astonishing novel exploring the sacrifices made in the name of peace, and the unflinching strength of the human spirit.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2008:
"[A] painful and moving read."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2008:
"This compelling read is lyrically written and contains authentic dialogue and challenging and involving moral issues."

Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2008:
"A strong story that is rich in language, setting, and theme."

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 28, 2008:
"Dowd raises questions about moral choices within a compelling plot that is full of surprises."


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Siobhan Dowd lived in Oxford with her husband, Geoff, before tragically dying from cancer in August 2007, aged 47. She was both an extraordinary writer and an extraordinary person, and leaves two unpublished novels, the first being Bog Child. All royalties from her books will go to a trust created just before her death, the Siobhan Dowd Trust, a charity set up to support the joy of reading for young people in areas of social deprivation.

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2008:
"[A] painful and moving read."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2008:
"This compelling read is lyrically written and contains authentic dialogue and challenging and involving moral issues."

Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2008:
"A strong story that is rich in language, setting, and theme."

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 28, 2008:
"Dowd raises questions about moral choices within a compelling plot that is full of surprises."


From the Hardcover edition.

Appropriate for ages: 12

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