Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

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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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About Siobhan Dowd

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Siobhan Dowd was named one of the "top 100 Irish-Americans" for her global anti-censorship work with the writers's organization PEN America. Her first book for young readers, A Swift Pure Cry, has been shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and the BookTrust Teenage Prize.
Published September 9, 2008 by David Fickling Books. 338 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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This haunting, suspenseful novel follows the parallel stories of Fergus, facing the final high-school exams that will decide his future, and a murdered Iron Age “bog child” he names Mel after he discovers her well-preserved body in a peat marsh.

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Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd 336pp, David Fickling, £10.99 An entry from Siobhan Dowd's blog on April 24 2007 reads: "Bog Child is very, very near the end, very very, very .

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The Bookbag

When a local Provo sympathiser asks Fergus to become a runner, delivering mysterious packages across the border, and promises to speak to the IRA hierarchy to get Joey off the hunger strike, what is Fergus supposed to do?

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Teen Reads

those who have been fortunate enough to discover her work can be grateful that, in BOG CHILD and one additional novel to be published next year, her voice lives on.

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Common Sense Media

Fergus and his family are appealing characters living through exceptionally difficult events, and the parallel story of the long-ago life of Mel, the bog child, seen through Fergus' troubled dreams, adds resonance and depth to the story.

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WAPL Teens

Michael, another member of the IRA, is blackmailing Fergus to carry secret packages (that Fergus is pretty sure contain explosives) over the border on his morning run.

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Youth Services Book Review

On a study break from preparing for his A-level exams, Fergus accompanies his uncle Tally on a peat-digging trip when they find the body in the bog, right on Ireland’s North-South border.

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Reader Girlz

As the excavation of the iron age body begins, and the story of the girl makes itself known to him in a series of dreams, Fergus finds himself dealing with a life filled with problems: It is Ireland in the 1980's, in the middle of the “troubles,” his older brother is on a hunger strike and likel...

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