The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

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It's been eighty-six years since the Red Sox won a World Series. Eighty-six years cursed.

Twelve-year-old Oscar Egg be-lieves he is cursed, just like the Red Sox. His real parents didn't want him, and now his adopted mom has dumped him off to live with his strange, sickly dad.

But there's something Oscar doesn't know. The Boston Red Sox really are cursed, and not just because they sold Babe Ruth in 1919. Someone deliberately jinxed the team, and the secret to breaking the Curse lies deep below Fenway Park, with Oscar's dad and the Cursed Creatures, a group that has been doomed to live out their miserable lives below Fenway until the Curse is broken.

Oscar knows he can be the one to break the Curse, allowing the Red Sox to finally win the World Series and setting the Cursed Creatures free. But some of the creatures are angry. Some don't want the Curse broken. Some want Oscar, and the Red Sox, to fail and remain cursed forever.

 

About Julianna Baggott

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JULIANNA BAGGOTT is the author of sixteen books--published and forthcoming--including national bestseller Girl Talk and Which Brings Me to You (co-written with Steve Almond); three books of poems, and seven novels for young readers, most notably The Anybodies trilogy, under the pen name N.E. Bode. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry 2000, 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Everyday (ed. Billy Collins), The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, and read on NPR's Talk of the Nation.
 
Published March 11, 2009 by HarperCollins. 341 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 2004, the Red Sox finally won the World Series and broke the curse placed on them when Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees 86 years earlier.

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Tampa Bay Times

for ages 9-12 HarperCollins, 322 pages, $16.99 Review: Julianna Baggott's 'Prince of Fenway Park' revises story of Red Sox curse 07/10/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 10, 2009 1:47pm]

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The Curse refers to the long-held belief that the Red Sox were cursed when they traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees, a pivotal event that happened just after the last time the Sox won the Series and ensured that they would never again win baseball’s highest honor.

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Oscar’s quest to end the curse really pulls you into the book and it’s hard to put the book down!

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