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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julianna Baggott Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061809538
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An absorbing sports romp.”

    Booklist

  • “Both whimsical and provocative…this story will engage readers who like clever tales, and also those who enjoy chewing over controversial themes.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Fans, especially the young residents of Red Sox Nation, will dig their cleats in for a thoroughly involving tale.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Anne | 2/20/2014

    " Great! The curse, family, racism, forgiveness, love and the Red Socks! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mrs. Guarisco | 2/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/5/2014

    " Nice book - some sad parts, a few insightful parts. I especially liked the internal dialogue and getting to know the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey Mulholland | 1/18/2014

    " The book was ok. The author did good research about the Red Sox. The mythological creatures were a strange twist on the Red Sox myth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 1/16/2014

    " Very clever use of the Boston Red Sox curse being a real "curse", and the deeper issues about baseball should really be read by all students. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi | 1/1/2014

    " This would have been a much more enjoyable book if I knew the first thing about baseball. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Mcneil | 12/26/2013

    " Great book but "n" word "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Drazkowski | 12/25/2013

    " This book has some "odd" fantasy elements that I personally didn't care for, even though I normally like that genre. The baseball history was interesting, and I loved when the main character talked to a young Babe Ruth (among other baseball greats.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan L | 12/8/2013

    " I love it because I love baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddy | 9/9/2013

    " Verty good book ... Read it ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 5/28/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 4/10/2013

    " This is a very OK book. I wouldn't read this again... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 2/8/2013

    " Dull, contrived, long, heavy-handed. Both Luke and Eric recommended it, and now that I've read it, I wish I'd asked them what they liked so much about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/17/2012

    " An incredibly clever concept -- taking the Red Sox's 2004 World Series win after an 86 year drought -- and giving it a fantasy adventure spin. With a bit of anti-racism thrown in. And it's a good book, to boot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cannon | 8/1/2012

    " I give this book 5 stars because I like baseball and I wonder if people actually live under fenway park. Its something to really wonder about. Thats why I gave this book 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Olson | 5/10/2012

    " Loved this book. I am not even a Red Sox fan but I loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. Chicco | 10/20/2011

    " I liked the story until the last chapter, when it became all about baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 10/2/2011

    " We are baseball fans--so imagine my surprise when I found out a quality writer penned a book on FENWAY! Love the story, and the lessons. Great read for adults who are reading to children too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 6/7/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/2/2011

    " We are baseball fans--so imagine my surprise when I found out a quality writer penned a book on FENWAY! Love the story, and the lessons. Great read for adults who are reading to children too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 11/5/2010

    " Great book but "n" word "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 11/4/2010

    " Great story for kids, topics include multiracial, adopted child, interpersonal relations with parents. The main character discovers his perceptions of his parents are much different than the truth. Great read aloud! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/27/2010

    " I've always said my two favorite teams in baseball are the Chicago Cubs and whoever is playing the Yankees. So the being the beleagured Cubs fan cried as the biracial orphan goes back in time to collect ballplayers to break the Curse that plagued the Boston Red Sox. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Killian | 7/1/2010

    " This book was fantastic! It was about a boy named Oscar who finds out the truth about his dad's life -- living under Fenway Park! Oscar goes on an adventure to break the Red Sox curse and free the Cursed Creatures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 6/3/2010

    " An incredibly clever concept -- taking the Red Sox's 2004 World Series win after an 86 year drought -- and giving it a fantasy adventure spin. With a bit of anti-racism thrown in. And it's a good book, to boot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 5/13/2010

    " Very clever use of the Boston Red Sox curse being a real "curse", and the deeper issues about baseball should really be read by all students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/10/2010

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/24/2010

    " This is a very imaginative book with lots of red sox info included. I think young male readers would like this read. I did! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/19/2009

    " A fun read for sports fans and non-sports fans alike. This is an alternate version of "The Curse," the reason the Boston Red Sox didn't win a World Series for more than 80 years. It involves Irish legend and a lot of unique characters. "

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About the Author
Author Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggott is a poet and the author of several novels for adult readers, including Girl Talk, The Madam, and The Miss America Family, as well as Which Brings Me to You, cowritten with Steve Almond. As the pseudonymous N. E. Bode, she has written The Slippery Map, The Anybodies, The Nobodies, and The Somebodies. She lives with her family in Tallahassee, Florida.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.