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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (Hardcover)

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Prosper Redding isn't having a great day. School was about as horrible as usual, his twin keeps being her annoyingly perfect self, and he just found out there's a demon living inside him that plans to destroy his entire family. Oh, and it's awake now. So begins a battle of wills between Prosper and the demon, Alastor, as the clock ticks down to the day Alastor will enact a terrible revenge upon all of the Reddings if Prosper can't stop him. Exciting, a little scary, and surprisingly hilarious, this is a great read with shades of classic 90s Halloween movies.  -- Lily (RBB Staff)

— From The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding


"I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness ."
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history-that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made-and then broke-a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type. The fiend has reawakened with one purpose--to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.
Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

About the Author

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved East to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at and on Twitter @alexbracken.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781484778173
ISBN-10: 1484778170
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding