This new book from Conor Kostick is part of O'Brien Press' Forbidden Files series, which is aimed at younger readers (9+). Here's the blurb from the back cover:
Deep in the cellars of the O'Brien Press is a safe that contained stories too horrible to read. But somebody has broken into that safe and the stories have been released. This is one of those forbidden files.According to Amazon.co.uk the publication date is 5 Oct 2007.
The Book of Curses is full of dark, wicked, magic. Do not open it!
Alex Zwick never does what he is told. So when he gets his hands on a magic book, he won’t stop making wishes: even when they go horribly wrong. Can Alex and his friend Emily outsmart the book? Or will the chillingly evil laughter of the book yet again ring out in triumph?
Read it if you dare!