Bog Child (2008)

Posted on: 06/09/11 BY admin

‘Bog Child is a radiant work, written by a novelist of subtle and complex literary gifts at the height of her powers.’ The Guardian

Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks as if 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 smuggling mysterious packages across the border – a little voice comes to him in his dreams, and the mystery of the bog child unfurls.

Bog Child is published in the UK and the US by David Fickling Books.Oxford University Press have published an  ’Oxford Modern Playscript’ edition, and also an educational edition for schools in their ‘Roller Coasters’ series.

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Foreign Editions:

Bog Child has been published in the following translations:

French-  Gallimard Jeunesse
German- Carlsen Verlag
Dutch- Unieboek
Japanese- Goblin Shobo
Korean- Thinking and Feeling Publishing
Italian- Uovonero Edizioni
Hungarian- Peopleteam Publishing
Slovenian- Zala



Winner of the Carnegie Award 2009

Winner of the Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2009

Shortlisted for the Kernow Youth Book Award 2010

Winner of the CBI Bisto Book of the Year Award 2009

Winner of The Edgar Allen Poe Awards 2009

Winner of the US Cooperative Children’s Book Centre’s annual best-of-the-year list

Winner of the 2009 UKLA Children’s Book Award

Shortlisted for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008

Shortlisted for the Staffordshire Young Teen Fiction Book Award 2009

Shortlisted for the Kernow Youth Book Award 2010

Shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Decade 2010

Longlisted for the Catalyst Book Award 2009

Longlisted for the Manchester Book Award 2009

A 2008 Amazon Top 100 Editors’ Pick

A 2008 Amazon Top 10 Editors’ Pick – Teen Category

A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of 2008

A 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Booklist starred review

Kirkus Reviews starred review

Publishers Weekly starred review

School Library Journal starred review