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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
A Thousand Dreadful Curses by Jacob Devlin is a modern Halloween fairytale. A week before Halloween Isaac and his friends visit Farmer Elaine's, Pumpkin Patch. In the corn maze, Isaac literally stumbles across a blue pumpkin and decides to take it home. Little does he know that this pumpkin is a Prince named Jack who has been cursed by the Winter Queen. Jack is released from his pumpkin form for a short time each day and has only seven days to break his curse. Jack has a lot to learn about Isaac's modern world, and Isaac has a lot to learn about Jack. As Halloween draws closer, Isaac and Jack's friendship becomes stronger but will Jack be able to break his curse in time?
Jacob Devlin's A Thousand Dreadful Curses is the perfect blend of fantasy and real life. Devlin has created two very well-developed characters in Isaac and Jack. We understand both young men and the worlds they come from and the struggles they must deal with. I loved the humorous descriptions of Jack learning to navigate all the strange new things he discovers, like pizza, the internet, and even Halloween! Kids will identify with Isaac's world of school and friends and complicated relationships and feelings. Devlin creates vivid pictures with his writing style, which has just the right mix of adventure, humor, and authenticity. Like any good fairytale, A Thousand Dreadful Curses has a love story, a villain, and maybe more than one hero. A Thousand Dreadful Curses is a perfect read for Halloween or any time of year.