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A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd

Teenage Book of the Month

A Swift Pure Cry is the winner of the Eilis Dillon Award which is granted annually by Children’s Books Ireland to the author of an outstanding first children’s book.

It has received outstanding reviews and has been hailed as “a modern literary masterpiece delving into the dark society that was rural Ireland in the early 1980s.” Kieran Fanning, Inis Summer 2007

When fifteen year old Shell’s mother dies, care of her younger brother and sister and tolerance of her dishonest and drunken father fall on her young shoulders.


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