Bog Child

Bog Child

By Author / Illustrator

Siobhan Dowd


Historical Fiction

Age range(s)



Penguin Random House Children's UK




Paperback / softback




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.


Francesca - Age 14

It's a good book and a quick read

Suggested Reading Age 14+

Abigail - Age 15

If you like Ireland, books set in the past or mystery in your read, then this is your book. It's mysterious, adventurous and it has a good bit of culture in there. Personally, I found it a difficult book to read, it wasn't really my genre. However, not to say that you shouldn't give it a read.

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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