Bog Child by Siobhan DowdBog Child by Siobhan Dowd

Bog Child

bySiobhan Dowd

Paperback | June 8, 2010

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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.
Siobhan Dowd’s novels include A Swift Pure Cry, for which she was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author, The London Eye Mystery, and Bog Child. She passed away in August of 2007 from breast cancer.From the Hardcover edition.
Title:Bog ChildFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.67 inPublished:June 8, 2010Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375841350

ISBN - 13:9780375841354

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it An excellent book, there is a realism that stays with you long after reading the story.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it an excellent book, there is a realism in it that stays with you long after reading the story.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A haunting and convincingly well told story Fergus is an 18 year old Irish boy who in the summer before he leaves Ireland for University finds the 2000 year old mummified remains of a child, becomes a courier for Sinn Fein, falls in love, loses a friend, all while under the shadow of his brother's hunger strike. Bog Child is a novel where a lot does happen and things really aren't what they seem. Winner of the 2009 Carnegie Medal.
Date published: 2011-02-01

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.