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Bog Child | [Siobhan Dowd]

Bog Child

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.
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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.

©2009 Siobhan Dowd; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Dowd raises questions about moral choices within a compelling plot that is full of surprises." (Publishers Weekly)
"This compelling read is lyrically written and contains authentic dialogue and challenging and involving moral issues." (School Library Journal)
"A strong story that is rich in language, setting, and theme." (Booklist)

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