Saturday, August 26, 2017
Book of the Week - The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
Terrific middle school novel. Prosper feels like he is the ultimate outsider. He doesn't fit in with his wealthy, successful family headed by his icy cold terrifying grandmother. He has no friends having spent most of his life entertaining his seriously ill twin who has suddenly achieved health and started going to his exclusive private school where she becomes instantly popular. While their parent's are traveling for their charitable foundation their formidable grandmother makes plans and seems to be keeping him from talking to his parents. When he does momentarily talk to his father on the phone he is told to grab his sister and run. Before he can get away his grandmother comes at him with a knife and he flees by himself discovering that a long ago ancestor had made a deal with a malefactor, a demon who seems to be now dwelling in poor Prosper. Unless the person hosting the malefactor is killed by a certain deadline, the Redding family will lose all the prosperity and good fortune they have experienced for many generations. Finding, or being found by, his long lost uncle and his uncle's stepdaughter, a witch, Prosper, takes on a different name and identity, enrolling in a public school where his new temporary life is very different. When he sleeps, the demon takes over and traveling around in Prosper's body works toward fulfilling the curse.