Bog Child

Bog Child

Book - 2008
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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. Set in Irland in the 1980s, Bog Child is a powerful novel the sacrifices made in the name of peace, and the unflinching strength of the human spirit." --From the publisher.
Publisher: Oxford, [Eng.] : New York : David Fickling Books, 2008
Edition: 1st American ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION DOW
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 24, 2019

it is really too bad that we'll see no more from Siobhan Dowd. I enjoyed this one and The London Eye Mystery. It is good to immerse into a culture that is different in so many ways, and the relationships are complex and believable. Well worth your time.

ChristchurchLib Mar 05, 2013

"Set in Ireland during "the troubles" of the 1980s, this moody and suspenseful novel opens with 18-year-old Fergus finding a small corpse buried in a peat bog (where he was digging up peat for his uncle to sell as fuel). Soon the bog is swarming with archaeologists, and Fergus ponders the mystery of his find while trying to study for the exams to get into medical school - and avoid becoming embroiled in the IRA. Beautifully written, powerful, and occasionally painful to read, this coming-of-age novel gives readers a strong sense of life in Ireland during the time depicted." March 2013 Teen Scene Newsletter

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