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Bog Child By 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

  • Title: Bog Child
  • Author: Siobhan Dowd
  • ISBN: 9780385751698
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bog Child By Siobhan Dowd 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 wDIGGING 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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    1. Trudi on said:

      Ah Jesus This really is a beautiful, heart wrenching story My one piece of advice If you do the audio thing, then that s how to do this one Sile Bermingham is the perfect reader, her soft lilt a gorgeous accompaniment not just to the lyrical prose that will make you shudder when it s read aloud, but delivering on the Irish accent transporting you to a very particular time and place It should have been the Irish history content of this novel that brought it to my attention on that later , but it [...]

    2. Ivan on said:

      After I given many YA books low rating I been asked why I still read them Answer is to fin books like It s been worth going to lot of crap to find gems like this.After A Monster call by Patrick Ness which was based on concept by Siobhan Dowd I was intrigued to read from both authors Ness was first and now that I m finished with most of his stuff it s Dowd s turn.About the book there isn t much to say without revealing too much except that this is YA coming of age story set in turbulent times in [...]

    3. Laura on said:

      This is yet another book that made me wish allowed 1 2 stars I ultimately went with 3 instead of 4 because although I enjoyed it, and like some elements of the story very much, the writing is a bit simplistic and the plot is predictable at times.Still, I m very glad that I happened across this book in a used bookstore, because for once an impulse buy paid off I usually have much better luck when I select books on than when I go by the blurbs on back covers It has a powerful premise parallel stor [...]

    4. Dov Zeller on said:

      So many compelling moments in this book, with Fergus an endearing and engaging protagonist His curiosity, concern, intelligence, appreciation of people and refusal to let go of the complexity that allows him to see the other as deeply human combine with his shyness and humility to make him a character who is easy to care for at least in my experience.The storyline is not always satisfying and the plot a bit heavy handed at times The whole bog child element I found distracting than engaging at t [...]

    5. Syl on said:

      It was a wonderful read Fergus will be one of my favorite characters for years to come recent years I haven t read any book on Ireland, and I am very vague about Irish history I just know that they were under the British for a long time I came upon this book when I read A Monster Calls as a part of the group BOTM read this book too wouldn t have been in my radar otherwise and Patrick Ness, the author , in his foreword a suggested that the reader should try out books by Siobhan Doud, whose brainc [...]

    6. Gurveen Kaur on said:

      I came across Siobhan Dowd while reading A Monster Calls by Patrik Ness I learned that the storyline was originally drafted by Siobhan, however before she could complete it, she lost her life to cancer Since both these authors shared the same publishing house, Ness was approached to continue and give the storyline shape and bring it to life to which he very humbly agreed We had a group discussion on it and some of us expressed our interest in reading some books by Siobhan, and mutually agreed on [...]

    7. Jeanette on said:

      Mixed feelings on this one I really enjoyed the setting of Ireland during the Troubles and hunger strikes of the early 1980s A great deal of the story was gripping, tense and interesting Fergus is a great character that really stayed constant and true throughout the story which I appreciated It was a book I had a difficult time putting down.Butere were a few things that bothered me Mostly there were some believability issues For example, and this may seem a petty problem with the story but it re [...]

    8. Lan on said:

      A personal favourite of mine I found the book in my high school library and was impelled to read it due to the interesting premise I have a very strong historical calling, and historical fiction is a nice slip between reality and fantasy.Fergus is a graduating high school student who crosses the border with his Uncle Tally to swipe some peat in the early morning hours and stumbles upon the body of what appears to be a young girl of seven or eight At his insistence, his uncle goes back to the pol [...]

    9. Lynn on said:

      Masterful Dowd weaves multiple plot lines throughout this compelling story and there is never a moment when the pace falters or the story loses the way Fergus McCan and his vague Uncle Tally cross the border that divides Ireland to dig peat at a construction site They discover the body of what appears to be a child and the police of both side s authorities appear on the scene only to learn that the body is ancient Mel, the young girl, appears at intervals in Fergus dreams, slowly revealing her s [...]

    10. Josephine (Jo) on said:

      This was a superb bit of writing When I was a teenager there was very little in the way of books aimed specifically at that age group, now there are some fantastic books that cross over the boundary and are great for adults too Bog child is about a body of a young girl found in a peat bog in Ireland by an eighteen year old boy called Fergus Fergus is out cutting turf to sell with his uncle Tally when they see the body The investigation into the identity of the child and how she came to be in the [...]

    11. Angie on said:

      1 I think a better understanding of the political turmoil in Ireland s history would have improved appreciation of this one Sometimes I was just guessing Most of what I know is just vague memories of news reports when I was a kid And that Tom Clancy Jack Ryan movie 2 Though I did hear a lot about the LONG history of oppression in Ireland when I was there this summer.2 I totally don t get the relevance of the bog child This was mainly about Fergus I mean, I guess he FOUND her while out with his u [...]

    12. Holly on said:

      This is my favorite Siobhan Dowd book and it s a terrible shame that Ms Dowd lost her fight with cancer before its publication.The book s main character, Fergus McCann, deals with some weighty subjects the Troubles, a brother in prison and on a hunger strike, an uncle that s not who Fergus thought he was, exams that will determine his future, falling in love, and a mysterious body, found preserved in the peat moss bog outside of town Along the way he makes friends with a Welsh soldier stationed [...]

    13. Alicia on said:

      I enjoyed the Irish history of the Troubles and the present day story However, I found the bog child thread of the story awkward and rather trite The need to draw these parallels between the two eras felt forced and way too heavy handed And really, Fergus suggests the Pompeii thing and the professional archeologists are like, why didn t we think of that brilliant explanation That s realistic

    14. Rebecca McNutt on said:

      This book is a step away from the many recent horror novels I ve been reading Bog Child is a powerful novel that really inspires and takes hold of its readers, and it s a very creative one, too.

    15. Erin on said:

      Dowd, Siobhan 2008 Bog Child New York David Fickling Books 322 pages Intended audience Upper middle and high school, ages 12 and up Awards WINNER 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Children s Book of the YearWINNER 2008 Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult BooksWINNER 2008 Best of the YearNOMINEE 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel Reviews Children s Book Reviews Review of book Bog Child 2008, July Publishers Weekly, 255 30 , 73 Retrieved June 23, 2009, from ABI INFORM Global database Docu [...]

    16. Phèdre Banshee on said:

      solo questione di tempo, pens Fergus Per ogni cosa, in ogni posto Un thriller surreale pieno di elementi interessanti anche se poco sviluppati, tra cui spicca soprattutto la storia della bambina dimenticata dal tempo Se vi interessano i libri con uno sfondo socio politico ben preciso, un mix di thriller, feels e similitudini tanto orrende quanto divertenti, potreste dargli un occasione, ma non aspettatevi nulla di che.Recensione approfondita qui landeincantate recensioLa mia rubrica landeincanta [...]

    17. Michelle on said:

      Dowd is an author whose work I ve been planning to read for a while But being the sort of reader who seeks out stories based on the feeling they re likely to evoke, the timing never quite seemed right It was a conversation between work colleagues about the unrest in Ireland in the late 1970s which left me wanting to understand about the conflict Suddenly, it was the perfect time to read Bog Child, a stunning and evocative novel which is a late addition to my favourites of 2014 list.Fergus is a [...]

    18. Brandy on said:

      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 Police argue about which side of Ireland s north south border the body is on and therefore who is responsible for handling this apparent murder case but then the body is determined to be much older than any open murder case, possibly Iron Age Fergus gets deeply involved in trying to unravel the mystery of who the girl was as well as getting deeply in [...]

    19. Karlan on said:

      Set during the time when Irish prisoners were starving themselves, the trouble faced by families whose loved ones were involved is portrayed in a moving style The discovery of a mummified body by a boy whose brother is starving himself leads the boy to mature and take action to help his brother The characters are well developed and the romance will pull in many readers A beautiful achievement.

    20. Linley on said:

      Recommended to Y9 11 for a different view on the world Readers in NZ will have little in common with Fergus, and may find it a bit strange that his life could be so dominated by religion and politics so I d recommend a bit of research about The Troubles alongside this book.Ireland and Northern Ireland are beautiful and have a long, deep history that isn t always as charming as the people can be On top of that, it rains a lot 5 stars and thanks to the author.

    21. Hannahlily on said:

      This may be the best YA historical fiction novel I ve ever read The haunting story provides insight into the causes and effects of the Troubles without ever resorting to the merely informative Dowd refuses to provide easy answers in her unflinching examination of tough issues like sacrifice, borders, political action, love, patriotism, and personal and familial responsiblity.

    22. Anka Räubertochter on said:

      3.5 SterneZeitweise hatte ich berhaupt keine Lust mehr auf die Geschichte und musste mich wirklich zwingen weiterzulesen Das letzte Drittel hingegen war super So h tte gerne das komplette Buch sein k nnen.Alles in allem war es im Kern eine Coming of Age Story, die allerdings mit einem Hauch magischen Realismus sowie nord irischer Geschichte versehen war Allerdings hatte ich doch erwartet, dass es noch mehr um die Troubles gehen w rde Im Endeffekt geht es schon um dieses Thema, aber eben auf eine [...]

    23. Deborah Pawley on said:

      I read this book to my 12 year old and we both learned a lot from it about the Bog People they discover in the peat bogs in Ireland and about The Troubles in Ireland in the 1980 s It provoked some interesting discussions between us and gave me an opportunity to introduce my daughter to the wonderful poetry of Seamus Heaney and his Bog People The story and the writing weren t fantastic but the content was certainly interesting and thought provoking.

    24. LdyGray on said:

      As with A Monster Calls, Dowd uses metaphors and symbolism deftly if perhaps a little obviously Bog Child is a coming of age novel set during the Irish hunger strikes When Fergus McCann finds an Iron Age body buried in a peat bog on the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, it sets off a summer of growth, love, dreams, and fear Dowd shows how the hunger strikes would have affected the families of the strikers, while also showing the ways Fergus changes over this summer I enjoye [...]

    25. Aaron on said:

      Set in 1981, this novel brings modern readers back into the center of the discord over Northern Ireland Eighteen year old Fergus McCann lives with his family in the northern counties, which are held by Great Britain The family is embroiled in the fight for independence against the foreign holders In fact, his brother is currently in prison and has started a hunger strike, and he is not alone There are other men in the prison doing the same, and some have even died from it This leaves Fergus extr [...]

    26. Jen on said:

      Lit class review Bog Child Siobhan Dowd 322 pages David Fickling Books 2008.This one from the 2009 top ten list caught my eye because I was in Ireland last summer and my friend and I went to the bog bodies exhibit in Dublin A review I read said Dowd combines a story of a girl from the Iron Age with stories of the Troubles in Northern Ireland into a successful, even riveting, work of fiction I m intriguedchokengtitik

      titikchokeng 109 The main character of the story is Fergus, who lives in North [...]

    27. Kristin on said:

      Check this review out and others on my blog Get Real.A fascinating story that sheds light on a turbulent time in Irish history, as well as the phenomenon of bog bodies Fergus McCann s brother Joe is doing time in a Northern Irish prison for collaborating with terrorists during the Troubles a brutal period in Irish history that culminated in violent deaths on the sides of Republicans and Unionists alike Joe and the other prisoners in his bloc are undergoing a hunger strike as part of a protest, a [...]

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