Bog Child is about Fergus, a high school senior growing up on the border of Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland in the 1980s. The Troubles, the conflict that rocked Northern Ireland between 1960 and 1998, colors the story: Fergus is being courted by the Provos*, a group that engages in terrorism, and his brother is in jail and participating in a hunger strike that will almost surely kill him. While out cutting peat with his uncle, Fergus discovers the body of a child buried in a bog. Archeologists are called, and research into the child’s origins shapes Fergus’ last summer before college. As his own life descends into chaos, he imagines how the dead girl’s life must have been.
Bog Child is a really cool story about a guy who is trying to live a normal life in the middle of a crisis. The story is well written, and Fergus has an authentic and strong voice throughout. The many elements of the plot come together as Fergus tries to find peace with the decisions he has to make. He struggles with balancing falling in love, getting the grades that will earn him a scholarship that will take him away from The Troubles, and trying to find a way to help his brother and his family.
*Provos: Provisional Irish Republican Army
If you're looking for a book to read or recommend and all that's coming to mind are "classic" youth and YA books, here are some contemporary books that you might like!
|If you like this classic...
||Try these contemporary titles!|
|The Chocolate War||Bullyville, Prep|
|Z for Zachariah||Gone, Life as We Knew It, The Dead and the Gone|
|The Witch of Blackbird Pond||The Minister's Daughter, Witch Child|
|The Cay||Hippie Chick, Overboard|
|Forever||Story of a Girl, When it Happens|
|Anne of Green Gables||Hattie Big Sky, Billie Standish was Here, Dairy Queen|
|The Dark is Rising||The Pellinor series, the Mortal Instruments series, the Keys to the Kingdom series|
|A Wrinkle in Time||The Gideon trilogy, Bunker 10, London Calling, the Caretaker trilogy|
|Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||The Gollywhopper Games|
|The Saturdays||The Penderwicks|
|The Narnia series||Magic or Madness, the Dark Materials trilogy|
|Ballet Shoes||The Year My Sister Got Lucky|
|The Babysitters' Club series||The Peaches series, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series|
|The Secret Garden||The Gemma Doyle series, Flora Segunda|
|A Little Princess||Pulling Princes, the Princess Diaries series, Finding Hattie|
|The Nancy Drew series||Bad Kitty, the Enola Holmes series, Kiss Me Kill Me, Kisses and Lies|
|Pride and Prejudice||The Luxe series, Cassandra's Sister|
|Watership Down||The Redwall series|
|Hatchet||The Killing Sea, Peak, The Winter Road|
|A Day No Pigs Would Die||Out of the Dust|
|The Hobbit||The Farsala trilogy, The Sea of Trolls, the Ranger's Apprentice series|
The first book that members of the Middle School Book Club are reading is:
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
This book won the 2008 Newbery Medal!
If you would like to join the Club, please email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org. We meet on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m and we serve pizza.
The Book Club is for rising 7th and 8th graders.
OMG Saturday is the day we’ve been waiting for! The DVD!
We’ll be watching it here in the community room (aka theatre, HUGE screen) at 2:00 on Saturday (21st). There’s going to be snacks, drinks and did I mention the big screen with surround sound?
One thing though: This movie is rated PG-13, so the event is for Teens 13+ only.
To get your Twilight fix before the big day, check this stuff out:
Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion by Mark Cotta Vaz
Twilight by S. Meyer
Lords of Dogtown directed by Catherine Hardwicke (PG-13)
Image courtesy of flickr user i_heart_him
Capricorn Anderson has never seen television, never handled money, never worn synthetic fibers or eaten pizza. Raised by his hippy grandmother Rain, on a rural commune that has slowly dwindled to a population of two, Cap can drive, do Tai Chi, and grow fruits and vegetables. When his grandmother falls and breaks her hip, homeschooled Cap is totally unprepared for life at Claverage (dubbed C-Average) Middle School.
Clearly a freak, Cap quickly becomes the butt of practical jokes, especially the longstanding tradition of electing the biggest nerd as eighth grade president. Cap, with his total inability to understand the modern world, makes an especially ripe target, since he believes everything his classmates tell him—whether it’s that bullfighting is a school sport, or that he must learn the names of everyone in school. Cap’s adventure to fit in at his new school is hilarious, as are the reactions of his classmates and teachers as they try to figure out how to deal with his unique perspective on life and the eighth grade.
Schooled is a quick read, and highly recommended for a laugh.
The Aurora County All-Stars by Deborah Wiles
Reviewed by L.
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Reviewed by: L.
Reviewer: K in 10th
Title: The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Month/Year of Publication: 2008
Book: World of quest-adventures for dummies
Author: Jason T. Kruse
---blog by katie99