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Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
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Dec 17, 2008

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Bog Child takes place in Ireland during the 1980s when inmates went on a hunger strike in protest of their treatment by the British government. Fergus McCann's brother is an inmate who decides to join the hunger strike. As this action causes strife within his family, he must also contend with the stress of making decisions about his future, in school and whether or not to stay in Ireland. His discovery of a girl's body in a bog located on the border between the north and south, which leads him to discover more about himself and the secrets of his family. Dowd presents an engrossing and transformative tale set against the backdrop of a turbulent time in Ireland's history.
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