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The Prince of Fenway Park

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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 becaus
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published March 11th 2009)
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Karen ⊰✿
Oscar goes to live with his father, and discovers that he is one of many cursed creatures that live under Fenway Park and that Oscar is the one who needs to break the curse.
This was a sweet story, but growing up and living in Australia, I didn't have a particular understanding or fondness for the baseball references. So I think probably best for those who understand baseball culture and/or are baseball fans.
Josh Newhouse
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 o
Kyle Timko
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
The main character name is Oscar he is adopted and a mix race. He lives in Boston with his divorced mom and dad. At school he gets bullied and messed with by other kids. His mom dropped him off with his dad for the day and hid dad does not want to keep him. His mom goes on a date with another man. Oscar feels weird about staying with his dad, he thinks bad things will happen.

They talk about the curse in the book from the Boston Red Sox which is is a myth that all red sox fans think is real. I t
Cameron Balderas
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Drew Erickson
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott is a pretty fascinating book. The book takes place in the year of 1919, in Boston, Massachusetts. I really enjoyed my experience while reading this book because I enjoy watching and playing sports and I played baseball for eight years when I was younger. Playing baseball when I was younger was also a personal connection I was able to make to the book and the book was easy to keep up with because I know a lot abou
Brody Belanger
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nov 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jamie Antoun
Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it

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
Eva Mitnick
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children
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
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Ann G. Daniels
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Justyn B.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Debra Gastelum
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ssyra-titles
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
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
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
Maureen Lachance
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2009 rated it liked it
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
May 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, ya-fantasy
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
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Dan Rogers
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Amy Michael
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bens-reads
Fun read with sports history, fantasy and interesting family dynamics. If your child enjoys baseball, this is a great read- particularly a good parent/child read. The family situation is full of segways to solid conversations about conflict, resolution, parental separation and much more. Every one has his/her own battle...Mix it all with some of baseball's greats and you have a great novel. As a 12-year-old, my sons would have loved to play baseball across time with Babe Ruth, Gaylord Perry, Pet ...more
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!
This is an excellent mystery and adventure which hooks the reader immediately. There is plenty of baseball history and tradition for the fan, but enjoyable for non-fans, too. too. It offers students, teachers, counselors, and parents a chance to discuss topics, such as orphans, mixed racial marriage, single parenting etc. ...more
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