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Bog Child

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Staff Pick

Eighteen-year-old Fergus would give anything to escape the violence and hopelessness of his situation in Ireland. But for a young man with familial ties to the IRA, this is a hard thing to do. His life becomes even more complicated when, while stealing peat, he discovers the 200-year-old remains of a child in a bog. Complex, compelling, and challenging, Bog Child makes for a thought-provoking read. Winner of the 2009 Carnegie Medal, this novel is recommended for readers in grades eight through eleven.
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Review:

"When Fergus McCann, 18, crosses the border from Northern Ireland into the Irish Republic to steal peat for his uncle to sell as fuel, what he digs up is a small body, an obvious victim of violence. Are the Troubles now claiming children? he wonders. But nothing is as it seems in the late Dowd's (The London Eye Mystery) rich work, set in 1981 and exploring sacrifices made in the name of family and freedom. Archeologists suspect the body is ancient, and they overrun the hillside of Fergus's discovery. Haunted by his find, Fergus learns its story in vivid dreams. Daylight provides no respite. His brother, an imprisoned IRA member, has joined Bobby Sands's hunger strike. His father salutes; his mother grieves. Three exams away from earning entrance to medical school, Fergus doesn't understand the strikers' mission, but his brother is resolute: 'A coffin's a mighty statement, Ferg.' Experiencing first love with the lead archeologist's daughter, Fergus is torn when he's blackmailed into being a courier by his brother's friend. Dowd raises questions about moral choices within a compelling plot that is full of surprises, powerfully bringing home the impact of political conflict on innocent bystanders. Ages 12 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Siobhan Dowds 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385751698
Author:
Dowd, Siobhan
Publisher:
David Fickling Books
Author:
Siobhan Dowd
Author:
Siobhan Dowd
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Political violence
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
20080909
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.30x5.80x1.20 in. 1.00 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 336 pages David Fickling Books - English 9780385751698 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Eighteen-year-old Fergus would give anything to escape the violence and hopelessness of his situation in Ireland. But for a young man with familial ties to the IRA, this is a hard thing to do. His life becomes even more complicated when, while stealing peat, he discovers the 200-year-old remains of a child in a bog. Complex, compelling, and challenging, Bog Child makes for a thought-provoking read. Winner of the 2009 Carnegie Medal, this novel is recommended for readers in grades eight through eleven.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When Fergus McCann, 18, crosses the border from Northern Ireland into the Irish Republic to steal peat for his uncle to sell as fuel, what he digs up is a small body, an obvious victim of violence. Are the Troubles now claiming children? he wonders. But nothing is as it seems in the late Dowd's (The London Eye Mystery) rich work, set in 1981 and exploring sacrifices made in the name of family and freedom. Archeologists suspect the body is ancient, and they overrun the hillside of Fergus's discovery. Haunted by his find, Fergus learns its story in vivid dreams. Daylight provides no respite. His brother, an imprisoned IRA member, has joined Bobby Sands's hunger strike. His father salutes; his mother grieves. Three exams away from earning entrance to medical school, Fergus doesn't understand the strikers' mission, but his brother is resolute: 'A coffin's a mighty statement, Ferg.' Experiencing first love with the lead archeologist's daughter, Fergus is torn when he's blackmailed into being a courier by his brother's friend. Dowd raises questions about moral choices within a compelling plot that is full of surprises, powerfully bringing home the impact of political conflict on innocent bystanders. Ages 12 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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