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The Prince of Fenway Park

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Fantasy and Reality Collide

After reading this book with 30 8th grade students, I asked them to write a review of the book and here is a snip it of the comments from the kids! What high remarks! Kudos to you, Julianna!

"A homerun for me! I loved listening to this book. Fantasy and reality coll...
After reading this book with 30 8th grade students, I asked them to write a review of the book and here is a snip it of the comments from the kids! What high remarks! Kudos to you, Julianna!

"A homerun for me! I loved listening to this book. Fantasy and reality collide, giving us an amazingly exciting book full of twists and turns. It was fun and a great page-turner, leaving me wanting more after every chapter."

"Kept me on the edge of my seat. This book had some excitement and funny parts in it. It was a bit confused at first when the fairies and other mystical characters entered the story."

"Good research about the baseball players. I don't like that the characters were fairies, but the final game was EXCITING!!!!"

"Learning facts about baseball and still hearing a mythical tale? GENIUS!!!! I stayed focused on the story through every page."

"I liked how there was a constant theme of good vs. evil present in the story."

"Remember the Titans for baseball"

"Connects to real people and struggles and makes the story heartfelt."

"At first, when it started talking about fairies, I didn't like the transition between reality and fairytale. I thought the Aunties and dad were just faking it and pretending for Oscar because he was young. When it got going, I got used to the make-believe concept, and I REALLY enjoyed it! It was a rollercoaster from beginning to end."

As a teacher, I am constantly searching for books that get kids interested and involved. The kids were begging for more of this book! I would definitely recommend this book to the young adult crowd and to media specialists for their collections. Boys and girls were enthralled!

posted by NatalieW81 on July 8, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

one of the worst books I've ever read

This book was selected as the Community Read for Hingham Middle School, maybe because some of the book takes place in Hingham and concerns a student attending HMS. But the book is so poorly written, the story so boring, that my daughter and I have yet to finish it even ...
This book was selected as the Community Read for Hingham Middle School, maybe because some of the book takes place in Hingham and concerns a student attending HMS. But the book is so poorly written, the story so boring, that my daughter and I have yet to finish it even a week before school starts. She's read six other books in the time we've been struggling to get through this one together. The details are often just plain wrong (like the way the characters leave HMS on Main Street in Hingham enroute to Boston, but take 3A where they pass through "Cohasset and other South Shore towns.") When the reader can't believe even the most mundane of details, how are we supposed to suspend our imagination to believe there are fairies living underneath Fenway Park?
I am disappointed with this selection.

posted by imadj on August 29, 2009

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

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    A book intended for ten to fifteen year old readers brings to li

    A book intended for ten to fifteen year old readers brings to life the underworld of the Curse of the Bambino; fairies, two headed annoncers, the smoker, weasel man and the pooka among others. They are the fans if you will of the curse. They have always only known it existed so they come to trust in it.
    Enter 12 year old Oscar, a mixed race boy who is dropped off on his secretive Dad, without notice to Dad or even Oscar. Oscar learns who his Dad really is, the part he plays in the curse and that he too lives in Fwnway Park.
    Full of many true to life details, including the Red Sox' notoriously anti integration stance, that bordered on outright racism. The 'N' word is even used several times but within believable historical context. History isn't always sanitized and pretty.
    Oscar takes a ride with the mysterious pooka and finds out what he needs to do to break the curse. Get the magic baseball that has been stitched together with red string by Babe Ruth himself!
    Oscar learns to be proud of his heratige, his family especially his Dad, and his place in the history of the curse and it's demise.
    Throw in a winner take all game of the good vs evil teams of Red Sox past and present, but as twelve year olds! It takes place in Fenway Park during the Red Sox ployoff series win over arch rival New York Yankees, in which the Sox overcame a 0-3 games deficit and went on to win their first World Sweeries in 86 years, or since 1918.
    Part fact, part fiction, liberally dosed with fantasy to help keep young readers glued to a sometimes difficult history of the Boston Red Sox.Reccomended for Red Sox fans of all ages, and baseball fans in general, it will prompt honest discussion of some of the more negative history of the Red Sox, while celebrating the end of the Curse of the Bambino.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2009

    the Prince of Fenway Park

    Although I think the novel is very creative and unique, I'm not sure a lot of kids will truly "get" all of the references in this story. However, the bizarreness of the characters and the adventures of Oscar and his father as well as their relationship will still captivate the reader, especially if they are die hard baseball fans. This would be a great book for an adult/child book club to do together as there are so many references to events and people from a bygone era.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    An Extraordinary Read:

    Oscar Egg has something in common with his favorite team the Boston Red Sox- they are both cursed and trying to overcome obstacles.
    Oscar just doesn't fit in at school or in his adopted home; the Sox haven't won the World Series in 86 years.

    The year is 2004 and Oscar has just been left by his mom on his divorced dad's doorstep. The magical mystery tour begins underground at Fenway Park and includes his father's family and friends who are eccentric and mysterious.

    Oscar learns a variety of lessons in unconventional ways, for example from Babe Ruth he learns how best to deal with hatred and adds his own philosophy". I'm going to learn from you that it isn't something wrong with you. It's something wrong with them."
    The reader will need to hold on to the roller coaster for the twists and turns with the many magical creatures who live underneath Fenway Park.

    Older readers will appreciate the historical references to sports figures and past eras. Ms. Baggott has created her underworld of lovable and quirky personalities which add a fabulous dimension to this suspenseful baseball story.

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