The Prince of Fenway Park
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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 beca...more
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Published March 24th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published March 11th 2009)
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Joshua
One Librarian Plus His Students' Take on this New Book:

I have been a fan of the author's work since The Anybodies first introduced me to her unusual blend of humor and emotion that fills her books for young adult/juvenile readers. Reading this book I found that same mixture but with a sharper theme and a more fleshed-out main character.

This was clearly written by an author who loves baseball, the stories of legends, but also wanted to educate and make people think about the undercurrent of ra...more
Cameron Balderas
The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggot is one of my favorite books I ever read. This fiction book takes place in Boston. The main character is Oscar. Oscar is an adopted, mixed-race boy living in Boston in 2004, was bullied and misunderstood at school, abandoned by his real parents, and thought his white adoptive parents, who were divorced, didn’t really want him. I think that Julianna Baggot does a great job in combining the real world, with fiction all in this one book.
An example of J...more
Ben
I think that this book is pretty good and I like the fact that it is a true story (partly). Of course, I like it a lot because I am a die-hard red sox fan. Overall, I think that this is a very intriguing book about one of baseballs biggest coincidences: The curse.
Jamie Antoun

If you like fantasy, or Boston Red Sox. You'll love this book., June 2, 2009
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In The Prince Of Fenway Park the main character , Oscar, dwells with his single-mother. He is bullied because he's adopted by two white people and he is bi-racial (he was born from a white and African American family). His dad and him are Boston fans even though Oscar's mom is going to visit her boyfriend "The King...more
Diana
I liked this book a lot more than I expected to. Oscar is a mixed race child who was adopted by two white parents as a baby. His entire life, he's dealt with issues of identity and racism for his whole life. His adoptive parents split when he was still a baby. Now his mom wants to have him live with his dad for awhile, and he finds out why his father has always been distant. It turns out that his father is actually half-fairy, and his is tied to a curse in Fenway Park. No one who is aware of the...more
Debra Gastelum
This is one of those books that I figured I wouldn't like because it looked like a sports book, but then thought I might like because it is a fantasy book. But then I realized I LOVE this book because among all that fantasy, there are real facts and real depths to this book. It made me think (a lot). It made me mad. It made me happy. It made me cry, more than once. How does an author manage to cover racism with such delicate skill? I was amazed, and as a person in what some would call a "mixed"...more
Justyn B.
This is a book about the Boston Red Sox and a curse. The main characters are Oscar Egg, his father, Malachi Egg, a Coach Odonnel and his friend who isn't very nice, Mean Friend. The town is close to Fenway Park and the underground. The bad part of the book is that Oscar's mom is passing him off so that she can go see her boyfriend. Maybe he should go live with his Dad, so he doesn't have to feel like he is being pushed out from his mom?

In the underground, the gate keepers, one nice and the other...more
Adam
For a book about reversing the curse of the Red Sox, there was shockingly little baseball performed by the Red Sox in the season that they reversed the curse.

Usually I like books that take you somewhere normal and you enter a fantastical universe. Books like The Chronicles of Narnia or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman are good examples of this working. This book did not work in that way.

For starters, Fenway Park is cool enough that you don't have to make up a crazy underground fairy land full of magic...more
Harrison
The Prince Of Fenway Park is a book filled with suspense and action. I think that this book is a "good read" because of the interesting story and because it is about my favorite sport, baseball. I really enjoyed this book because I love to hear about the great baseball players that played for the Red Sox like Babe Ruth. I also enjoyed this book because the Yankees are my favorite team and I like to see the Red Sox being cursed for over 10 years. I was very happy with the interesting plot that we...more
Eva Mitnick
I read this baseball fantasy at an especially apt time, as the Dodgers crashed and burned for the second year in a row on their way to the World Series. Those who wear Dodger Blue know something about curses…

Still, the Dodgers have nothing on the Boston Red Sox, which as everyone knows suffered a curse that began in 1919 when they sold off Babe Ruth and didn’t end until the 2004 World Series. And how did they shake off that losing streak? Readers of The Prince of Fenway Park will thank one Oscar...more
Ann
Twelve-year-old biracial Bostonian Oscar Egg feels cursed. Bullies pick on him at school. Ignorant adults point out that he doesn’t look like his white adoptive mom. His parents are divorced and he only sees his sad, sickly dad now and then at Pizzeria Uno. He’s never met his mom’s boyfriend – is she ashamed of her brown-skinned boy? He feels like he doesn’t belong anywhere. And to make matters worse, his beloved Red Sox are losing – as they have since 1919, when they sold Babe Ruth to the Yanke...more
Sherry
I understand what the author of "The Prince of Fenway Park" was trying to accomplish: teach young readers the nuances of race and racism, its devastating effects on the psyche, baseball's illustrious colored (negro) past and present, how to deal with family issues, and trying to tie it all in to the amazing Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series comeback. Lofty goals, but I am just not enjoying the story. I don't think it works. I can't believe in the curse, and the other-worldly characters had me lau...more
P.M.
12 year old Oscar Egg is an adopted, biracial child of divorced white parents. When his mother goes to Baltimore to pursue a possible, new husband, she sends him to stay with his bedfuddled, sickly father. When Malachai Egg reluctantly takes Oscar in, the secret of the 86 year curse on the Red Sox is revealed because Malachi is one of the Cursed Creatures who live under Fenway Park. When Oscar declares that he is the one to break the curse, he must assemble a team of 12 year olds to play against...more
Maureen Lachance
What a wonderful book. What an important book and not just because I love the Red Sox. I knew that players of color suffered mightily at the hands of racist managers, coaches, team mates and fans early on, but I never realized that the Sox were the most bigoted at all and the last to integrate. Had I really thought about this, I probably would have reconsidered my love and loyalty for the team. The beauty of it is that things have changed for the better. Players are respected for their ability a...more
Barbara
A historical baseball fantasy set in a hidden world below Fenway Park which is populated by cursed magical creatures. Oscar discovers this strange world when he unexpectedly has to go live with his father who turns out to be a half-fairy. It soon becomes apparent that Oscar may hold the key to ending the infamous Red Sox curse and freeing his family and all the other cursed creatures. In the process he takes a wild pooka ride and a dizzying time travel journey all leading to a final wild basebal...more
Brynn
Originally I thought this book was for baseball fans in 5th and 6th grade - and it is - but there are so many fantasy elements that the reader needs to be comfortable with that genre as well. Baggott imagines that the curse that kept the Red Sox from winning the World Series for 80+ years was an actual curse, with mystical creatures effected by the curse, living below Fenway Stadium. Oscar's father is one of the cursed creatures, so it falls on his 12-year-old shoulders to help break the curse....more
Judi Paradis
A very clever sports/fantasy. Oscar Egg is sent to live with his dad for the first time since his parents split up. He had no idea that his dad lived UNDER Fenway Park with an entire population of fantastic creatures who are victims of the famous Red Sox curse. Oscar arrives in the fall of 2004 as the Red Sox are locked in a seemingly losing battle with their arch-rivals the New York Yankees. It soon becomes apparent that Oscar may be the one sent to reverse the curse, but only if he can bravely...more
Dan Rogers
In this very interesting fantasy, we meet a character named Oscar Egg, an avid Red Sox fan who is looking forward to the day when the Sox will finally break the curse of the Bambino. Set during the 2004 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, Oscar gets caught up in the excitement of hoping that finally their time has come, which of course all Red Sox fans know that it had. What part, if any, does Oscar play in this drama? I could not put the book...more
Robin
After finishing this book, I almost feel that this will have more appeal for adults rather than kids because there are so many old baseball players that are mentioned in the last third of the book. It's a cool fantasy story that explains the supposed curse that the Red Sox suffered under for 86 years included a whole bunch of creatures that populate the area underneath Fenway Park! I really wanted to read this book because I read and enjoyed a book this author co-wrote called "Which Brings Me To...more
Marcia
Sep 13, 2009 Marcia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Red Sox fans, sports and fantasy fans
Shelves: grades-4-6
What a fun book! The year is 2004. There is something odd about Oscar's Dad, and when Oscar is sent to live with him he finds out what it is---he lives in a secret passageway underneath Fenway Park. Complete with many "cursed" creatures like Wesealman and the Pooka,they desperately want to break the curse that has been cast on their beloved Red Sox. I think it's the magical sense of place that makes this book so much fun. Who wouldn't want to live in a crawl space inches below the pitcher's moun...more
Connie
As an avid member of the Red Sox Nation who looks at the 2004 World Series as a long awaited miracle, I had to read this book about Reversing the "Curse". I usually avoid most sports stories but this one was truly unique...combining an element of fantasy with the historical fact (a curse in and of itself) of the undercurrent of rascism that pervaded baseball for far too long. I would definitely recommend this to fans of sports fiction... Red Sox fans or not. (Well, maybe not Yankees fans!) ;0) T...more
carrietracy
This simply didn't live up to my hopes. It was fine, had some good parts, but there were some pretty unforgivable choices that Baggott made in regards to how the parents treat their son and the racist language (yes, the n-word is dropped three times) that she uses. Like everyone else who feels compelled to use the n-word in a children's book Baggott clutches desperately at the straws of "historical accuracy" and "resisting white washing the past". I would argue that you can say "n-word" in a boo...more
Rachel
The Prince of Fenway Park is so much more than a book about baseball. Using the ‘curse’ of the Red Sox as the background of the story, Julianna Baggott presents a deeply honest portrayal of racism and the power of perseverance to cause change. Oscar, the 12-year-old protagonist of the book, is used to disappointment but doesn’t give up when faced with obstacles. A cast of fantastical characters like Weasel-man, the wailing Banshee and the Pooka help to make this a very entertaining read. This is...more
Terry
This is an excellent adolescent mystery/adventure story which hooks the reader immediately. This is a story that's meant to be enjoyed. There is plenty of baseball history and tradition for the fan, too. It is an enjoyable read and offers students, teachers, counselors, and parents a chance to discuss topics, such as, orphans, mixed racial marriage, single parenting etc.

To read our full review, go to The Reading Tub®.
Mary
I received an advance reading copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers to read and review. What an awesome book! I thought it was going to be another book about a boy who wants to be a great baseball player. This book combines baseball facts, a curious curse, a fantasy world, and teamwork to rid the Boston Red Sox of their 89 year curse! Done in a very unique way the story also addresses racism straight on in a way young people will understand. A tremendous read for all ages!
Julie
What do you get when you cross fairies and goblins with baseball? This book. Just not my thing. I did enjoy learning some biographical info on famous baseball greats, and I do think the book offers an important history lesson on baseball's ugly underbelly of racism. I just didn't get how all that fits in with a bunch of weasels, aunts, a pookah, and a banshee. Intrigued? Go read the book and then come tell me whether or not you liked it and why.
melissa1lbr
A fun book for MG sports fans, who don't mind a bit of fantasy. I actually really enjoyed the race and identity elements that were woven in almost imperceptibly. While the fantasy parts were less wonderfully done, I think it will have big appeal for boys, especially baseball fans. Full review at One Librarian's Book Reviews.
Martha
A great rec for middle school and advanced readers in the elementary level. Baseball fans and especially Red Sox fans will love this fictional tale of how a young mixed race boy broke the "Curse" and gave the Sox the opportunity to win the World Series again after 86 years of losses.
There's always HOPE. Keep the FAITH baby. NEVER give up!
Martha Guarisco
I read this based on a recommendation from one of my student's parent. Ugh. A blending of fantasy and baseball, this book had too many characters in too little time. The fantastic world the author set up never seemed real to me, so the whole thing came across as hokey. The only good thing I can say, in fact, is that I'm done with it.
Tiffany
After the first couple chapters I thought this book was way too weird. But I kept reading and ended up liking it. It is a fantasy book with interesting creatures but talks a lot about the history of black players in baseball and the hurdles they overcame. Very thought provoking.
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