A Swift Pure Cry

By Siobhan Dowd
Publisher Random House Imprint Random House ISBN


Awards and Honors 2008 ALA Best Book for Young Adults | <I>Book Sense</I> Children’s Picks – Summer 2007 | <I>Kirkus Reviews<I/>–Best Young Adult Books 2007 | <I>Publishers Weekly<I/> – Best Children’s Books 2007, Children’s Fiction

A Swift Pure Cry

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Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes

"The Coolbar fields floated away, hedgerows trammeled on either side. She didn't know where they were taking her. The only thing she could hear was the word dead clanging in her brain, over and over like an Angelus bell." Two newborn infants are found dead in a small village, and fifteen-year-old Shell Talent is caught up in a scandal that shocks all of Ireland. Inspired by a true story. Library edition with trade jacket added. Shortlisted for the 2007 Carnegie Medal.
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