Monday, January 20, 2020

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd was published in 2008. This historical fiction is set in Ireland in 1981 during a time of unrest. Fergus's older brother is in prison and on a hunger strike. Fergus is being pressured into acting as courier for the resistance. While digging peat moss with his uncle in a bog, he finds a dead child.

This little girl appears to have been murdered, and she comes to Fergus in his dreams to unfurl her mystery.

Dowd does a good job of weaving the themes of the dead child's life into what is happening to Fergus in his life. I enjoyed learning about the political conflict in Ireland and about the bog's ability to preserve bodies.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

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