|The Prince of Fenway Park Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Baggott, Julianna
ISBN: 0060872446 ISBN-13: 9780060872441
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2011
Annotation: In the fall of 2004, Oscar Egg is trapped with his father in a strange netherworld under Boston's Fenway Park, as they wait for someone to break the eighty-six-year-old curse that has prevented the Boston Red Sox from winning a World Series.
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Baseball; Fiction.
- Orphans; Fiction.
- Fathers and sons; Fiction.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball & Softball
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Prejudice & Racism
|Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11|
|Book type: Juvenile Fiction|
|Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.00" W x 1.00" (0.50 lbs) 322 pages|
|Accelerated Reader Info|
|Quiz #: 130354
Reading Level: 4.2 Interest Level: Middle Grades Point Value: 9.0
|Scholastic Reading Counts Info|
|Quiz #: Q46889
Reading Level: 3.5 Interest Level: Grades 3-5 Point Value: 14.0
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 May)
Gr 5–7—To baseball fans, "The Curse" means only one thing: the Red Sox's 86-year-long failure to win a World Series because their owner sold a young Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1919. Working from the brilliant premise that an enraged half-elven fan actually did curse the team, Baggott populates tunnels and back rooms around Fenway Park with a cast of magical creatures from the Banshee ("The Lost Soul of the Lost and Found") to a two-headed sportscaster named The Bobs—and sends into their midst 12-year-old Oscar Egg, a human child destined to break The Curse at last. Baseball is, however, only the context here; the story is really about racism, as exemplified both in Oscar's ruminations over his own mixed ancestry and in what he knows or discovers about the Sox's (and Major League Baseball's) dismal historical reluctance to break the color line. Traveling into the past, Oscar gathers up 12-year-old versions of Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Willie Mays and other stars for a climactic game against the less-worthy likes of Ty Cobb, Gaylord Perry, and Pete Rose at the same age. Before stands filled with the ghosts of taunting bigots and cheering supporters, that game plays out in tandem with the classic 2004 contest that turned the Yankees-Red Sox playoffs, and the Curse, around. Both whimsical and provocative (the "N" word crops up in some historical references), this story will engage readers who like clever tales, and also those who enjoy chewing over controversial themes.—John Peters, New York Public Library[Page 100]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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