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Bog Child

by Siobhan Dowd
Read by Sile Bermingham

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

Bog Child is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
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.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.96 × 5.14 × 1.14 in

Published: July 14, 2009

Publisher: Penguin 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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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic read I only became aware of this writer recently but I have already read two of her 4 books and have throughly enjoyed them. When you can't enter the YA section of a bookstore without triping over a supernatural or post apocaplyptic themed novel Bog Child was a refreashing change.
Date published: 2012-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good I have to start off by saying that when I first read the back of this book, I was not sure how the author was going to pull off such an ambitious story. The storyline of our main character Fergus, who is 18 years old and faced with the very harsh reality of his life makes an amazing discovery - the extremely well preserved body of a female who appears to have died in the year AD 80. However, as I started reading the book, I got to discover who Fergus was and what he was living as an Irish boy living in Ireland at the height of the IRA. While Fergus may only be 18, he found himself having to balance his morales and principles against the every day events that surrounded him. He was also extremely worried about his older brother who was jailed as a political prisoner because of his ties to the Provisional Irish Republican Army. While his brother, who seemed to live an unrealistic life of martyrdom in jail - going on a hunger strike and making the decision to die "for his cause", Fergus had to take care of his worried parents as well as balance his desire to go to school and become a doctor. In the midst of all this, Fergus makes the discovery of a body that has been well preserved through time and becomes obsessively involved in discovering who this person was and what her life was before her death. This book is interesting because it uses many different styles of contrast - we see the different lives and choices that are made by the two brothers, we get to see some of the huge contasts that exist between Fergus and "Mel" the discovered girl. This novel is also about doing the right thing, standing up for your principles and being true to yourself. Although I found the book interesting (great tidbits on many subjects I was not aware of), I also found that there was too much going on, that the storyline jumped a little too much for my taste. Having said that however, I do believe that for most readers who enjoy this type of story, this one is worth reading
Date published: 2008-12-11

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Bog Child

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: Penguin 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.

From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

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