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Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
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Apr 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: ms-kathy, ya-fiction
Read in March, 2010

Teenager Fergus McCann must juggle growing up, falling in love, and coping with his jailed brother's hunger strike during "The Troubles," the political conflict in Northern Ireland between Catholic nationalists and Protestant unionists that lasted from the 1960s to the "Good Friday Agreement" of 1998. Along with all that, Fergus discovered the body of a girl buried in a bog in the mountains when he was out running one morning. Learning of her great antiquity--she lived almost 2,000 years ago--and her tragic death adds to Fergus's sense that his homeland has long been inhabited by feuding parties, and has long been a mysterious and much-loved place. Dowd combines elements of mysticism, political intrigue, first love, family life, and a teen's growing sense of himself in a carefully historic but also timeless coming of age story.
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