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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  81 reviews
When Josie and her brothers uncover a haunted camera, the Mothman legend becomes a terrifying reality that threatens their entire town in this spooky and action-filled novel

. Josie may live in the most haunted town in America, but the only strange thing she ever sees is the parade of oddball customers that comes through her family’s auction house each week. But when she an
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Roaring Brook Press
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Christine Hayes
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Loved it! Wrote it! Might not be totally objective on this one. :)
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-booktalking
Don't let the cartoony cover and illustrations fool you--this is a seriously creepy, scary story.
Ms. Yingling
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Fox and Josie like to hang around their father's auction house near Athens, Ohio and snag some of the cooler stuff for themselves. They occasionally bring along younger brother Mason, as well, especially since their mom has passed away, although their aunt and uncle have moved in to try to help out. When Fox (who likes to have his own auctions and claim that items are haunted) finds a Polaroid camera that spits out pictures of a creepy guy in polyester whom they soon find
Lori Murray
I think so far this year this is one of my favorites, if I could give more than 5 stars I would. I just loved how close their family was. It had me from the beginning of the story until the very last page. Fox I just loved so much. I loved how tough he tried to be, but his really so not. But his not the type of kid that says why me all the time.
Mason I just loved how much he likes to take things apart, and the idea that young boy came up with.( Not going to say what that was) You'll just have
Wendi Lee
I remember watching “The Mothman Prophecy” years ago and finding it really creepy. So I was excited to find this book at the library, eager to see how the Mothman legend is explored in a middle grade format.

I wasn’t disappointed! Part of me was steeling for a Scooby-Do type of story (you know, where everything supernatural is revealed to be some guy in a suit), but happily, this was an actual creepy novel. Josie and her brothers are drawn into the world of the Mothman and his centuries old curs
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was FABULOUS! So well paced and well characterized. I found that I couldn't read it before bed because I was genuinely spooked! :) I think it will hit just the right note for middle grade readers looking to be a little scared, and the family aspect of it is so nice as well. Really well done.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This one was a fun read! I love the relationship between the siblings, Josie, Fox and Mason. I love the adventures that they went through. Mothman was great curiosity. But for me, the writing was a little bit slow. Everything happened really slow and too much explanation that I don’t it’s necessary for all the too much details.

Overall, it was a quick read for me! If you guys want to try this out, it’s heart warming welcomed!
Once again I find myself conflicted over a rating and review. From an adult standpoint, this book was a solid 2, but for the intended audience I would say it was closer to a three or four. It fell flat for me especially with the illustrations, but this was a galley so the illustrations may not be final. Mothman has the potential to be really creepy and there were parts that were really creepy, but then there would be an illustration that was pretty cartoony looking and it would detract from the ...more
Karla Brading
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a great concept. Cleverly thought out. There was a part where Josie obtained some feral bats really easily that I felt was too convenient but I can understand it was a plot device to drive the story home in its climax. I have to say I flippin' love all the information we have on the Mothman. He intrigues me to no end. I'm so glad the author chose him to be the subject of a wonderful little children's novel.
Andrew Brennan
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think the theme of this book isteamwork and perservearence pay off. Josie and her 2 brothers find a haunted camera that leads back to a ancient mystery. They find the camera belongs to John Goodrich. They ask there dad and he ends up having a key to the Goddrich estate, they split up and find all these haunted treasures that lead to a legend called the Mothman. From there this creature begins to terrorize them and there town and it's up to the to stop the Mothman, and save there town from this ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Josie, Fox, and Mason live in the most haunted town in America, but the only strange things Josie ever saw were the few weird customers that came to her family's auction house. When they get their hands on a haunted camera that prints pictures of a ghost of the recently deceased local hermit, they are drawn into a one hundred year old mystery.

It sounds exciting from the back copy, but my interest waned before I even made it half way through.

I was barely a quarter of the way through Mothman's Cur
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fox, Josie, And Mason are 3 kids who are in love with haunted items and also involved with several auctions. They live in a small town called Athens, Ohio and claim it is inhabited by Mothman, and when they find an old, haunted camera with no film, that in every picture contains an old, grim man, they are determined to find out who he is, and what he wants and by doing so, they get caught up in a whole bonanza of weird, unexplained activity. While reading this book, I connected with them because ...more
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What an entertaining read! For an adult, the characters are a little flat, and some of the plot parts aren’t all that original (a haunted camera has been used just about a million times already) but I’m sure kids will love it. The story flows well, it’s fast-paced, the characters do have little quirks that kids enjoy reading about, the book uses local legends which makes it seem more realistic, and whenever it gets to
Jennifer Bertman
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, emla
This is a page turner. And SPOOKY! If you know a young reader who loves a great ghost story, I highly recommend this book!
Shyla Colt
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a fun paranormal romp! Full of mystery , a hit of horror, and family Dynamics it's a great story for pre teens who love the spooky stuff.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read a book called "Mothman's curse, by Christine Hayes". Mothman's curse is about a girl named Josie and her two younger brothers. One day herself and her two younger brothers set out to go out on an adventure. While they were out the youngest brother Fox, discovered a old polaroid camera. They took a picture together, and when they got the picture out they saw a white ghost-like figure in the background. Now they released the curse... Towards the end of the book they found out how to trap t ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25. I love Bigfoot stories. I think they are so fun. When I grew up, we could still imagine mysterious creatures MIGHT be among us. This was before satellites and all the technology that exists today. (I think we were better off with our imaginations to guide us.) It made a world that wasn't made of stone, and anything could still happen. It gave us spooky stories at camp-outs. Reasons to explore the woods around us and wonder what these creatures would be like if we found them. Did they have ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was kind of confused and perplexed at this being a children's book. It was properly scary, employing elements of horror films like cold air, floating objects, lights exploding, etc. I felt like it was a little all over the place and didn't quite come together. The scary elements were actually scary and that worked, but then the rest of the details felt slapped together--disasters being linked to mothman, mothman himself (at first I thought it was just going to be an urban legend sort
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
So I was disappointed in the author's take on the Mothman figure-she portrayed it simply as a man who put a curse on himself by selling his soul to an old hag-(actually the Devil) and then turning into Mothman. So it was a letdown because of the actual character of Mothman -that was sighted-probably was supernatural in nature. More of an X-files figure, than a man turned monster. Also, although this was a children's book , they discussed suicide throughout the book. Not sure what audience of chi ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start? This is the book I didn't know I needed.
Just a month or so ago, my family and I made the trip to Point Pleasant West (by god) Virginia. We stopped to see the Mothman statue and of course we went in the Mothman museum. I was looking at shirts and this book screamed at me from a shelf. Of course for only $8 I bought it. THE BEST $8 I'VE EVER SPENT. I love this book. My favorite type of book, is a book that I can see clearly like a movie in my head. This book definitely did that
Ash Otterloo
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great spin on an American legend, and one that may not be the most popular like Bigfoot and the Jersey Devil. This book was entertaining, exciting, and creative. The characters were interesting and relate-able, and its the perfect read for any middle grade child, but not so childish or simple that someone older, teenager and adults, would find it boring. I liked it all the way to the end, which wrapped up the storyline nicely and satisfactorily.
Julz Laskazeski
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really awesome book. I loved the characters and the story. I loved the setting and the curse. Josie, fox and mason are great kids and the dynamic they have is special. I would of loved to have grown up at an auction house like they did the treasures they would find. Loved that fox was doing what his dad did and ran his own haunted auction.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I expected this to be a simple middle-grade...and it wasn't. It was a somewhat intense mystery that dealt with heavy topics. But because it was a middle-grade, the story relied on depth and intense detail to get the tone across, not adult language or gory details. And that made it better.
I had so much fun reading this and definitely want to check out more from the author.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! It takes the mystery of the Mothman to a whole new level, and has some dark themes. It was a fun read, and I think it fits with the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys vibe pretty dang well.
Jill Williams
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Fresh and exciting idea, meh execution. Let the Mothman drive the plot! Drop the contrived, “well if Momma were alive,” every other chapter. That being said, I would still totally read about the Fletcher kids facing off against other paranormal characters.
Alexander B
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Its an ight book i wouldnt tho.
Michele Hayes
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Fun little mystery for kids.
Adam Edwards
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun, spooky kids book. My daughter enjoyed it when she was 11 and I look forward to reading it with my 9 and 7 year old.
Lynn K.
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A middle grade novel about Mothman? With two of my favorite things together, it's almost like this was written for me. This was fun, scary, and had a lot of heart.
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Growing up, Christine Hayes loved reading stories about creatures that curl your toes and legends that send a shiver down your spine. Now she loves writing about them, too.

Christine seeks inspiration by haunting flea markets and estate sales, searching for cool vintage finds with a story to tell. While earning her degree in music she visited Asia for the first time, and later moved there with her

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