The Bog Child is by Siobhan Dowd. The story is set on the border of Northern Ireland and the south in 1981. While digging peat with his uncle, eighteen-year-old Fergus finds a body buried in the bog. He is fascinated when the body is discovered to be from the Iron Age. He must also deal with passing his exams to be a doctor and the turmoil in his family. His brother Joe is in prison for a terrorist bombing and is on a hunger strike. As his brother dies and his family falls apart, Fergus must deal with his own coming of age in a violent political climate. A powerful tale of a young boy's desire to escape and the pressures that make it hard.
Ratings: 9th grade - 9 out of 10 - P (profanity) - V (violence) - AC (mature thematic content).