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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,504 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Siobhan Dowd Narrator: Sile Bermingham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Dowd] has an ear for dialect and an eye for detail that creates a powerful novel filled with tension, strife, and subtle humor.”


  • “An absorbing novel, with deep themes about human conflict, superstition, and the search for peace.”


  • “Dowd raises questions about moral choices within a compelling plot that is full of surprises.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A haunting, suspenseful novel…A sense of doom, perfectly captured, and images of sacrifice hang over the well-developed characters, making this a painful and moving read. Pitch-perfect in capturing the often futile struggles for the many victims of Irish independence over the millennia.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A strong story that is rich in language, setting, and theme.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This compelling read is lyrically written and contains authentic dialogue and challenging and involving moral issues.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2009 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • A 2009 ALA Top Book for Young Adults
  • A 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen Arendt | 2/13/2014

    " Starred review from SLJ for the audio book. Got this from the library a few days ago. Just finished Al Capone Shines My Shoes, so now I can start this! Yeah! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pat | 2/4/2014

    " The premise of this book was exciting: an ancient mummy of a child found in a peat bog; but the story is so United Kingdom, the language, the culture, that I just didn't feel like slogging through and deciphering or translating. I'm sure I missed out on a good story because of my laziness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colin | 2/2/2014

    " This was okay--a somewhat interesting historical novel about the Troubles, and the impact on the main character whose brother is a hunger stiker, with a dash of supernatural. I thought the age of the narrator, who was supposedly 18, was way off, though. He acted 14. Also the main narrative allegory with the discovered "bog child" seemed a bit strained in execution. Eh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by elissa | 2/1/2014

    " 4 1/2 stars. This is another one that definitely would have gone on my 2008favorites shelf if I had read it last year. I love the intertwined stories and the strong emotions at the end. I love the connection between Owain, the soldier, and Deus, the bomb maker. I've never read another novel about Northern Ireland and the IRA in early 80's, and Dowd has written it so gorgeously, with magical realism thrown in. It took me 50 or so pages to get in to it, but then I couldn't put it down, and Fergus is a character that I'll be thinking about for a long time. This is my first book by Dowd, and it's so tragic that she's gone. I'm wondering now if all of her books have such emotional endings. "

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