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Mothman’s Curse

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  191 Ratings  ·  67 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. :)
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Book Review originally published here:

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: emla, middle-grade
This is a page turner. And SPOOKY! If you know a young reader who loves a great ghost story, I highly recommend this book!
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
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
Van Ottergirl
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Alan 김 승 주
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very creepy... I think you people will like this. (might give you nightmares)
Charlotte Hunter
MOTHMAN’S CURSE begins out with a great hook:

“When you live in the most haunted town in America, you’ve heard most every ghost story that’s ever been spun about your corner of the world: . . . .”

I have a strong prejudice: The world needs more MG horror stories that deliver supernaturally-provoked chills with bedwetting intensity. I prefer ghost stories, but I happily scoop up MG horror stories that creatively skyline all sorts of supernaturals, so long as they don’t cheat on the creep. A sleeple
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great book to read as a family or listen to. Josie and her brother discover a camera that can take pictures without film. They start communicating with ghosts and learn of the Mothmans curse. Whoever has it has the ability to know of disasters before hand but they can only break the curse if they save everyone from the disaster or pass the curse on to somebody else, usually somebody they love.
Very complex for kids but like I said a good family read. Lots of violence with the disasters
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first your like what? But as you read you start to add all up. A boy and his brother try making money in the first pages. Then you start knowing why. a clue popes up. try to find out what going to happen, because for that.
Liz Friend
The story: Josie and her brothers know all about junk: their father is an auctioneer, and they're always on the lookout for something "haunted". They get way more than they bargained for when her brother Fox discovers an old Polaroid camera an an estate sale. The upside is that it takes photos without film; the downside--the images include what appears to be the ghost of a neighborhood recluse who committed suicide last week. Even worse, by acquiring an old piece of jewelry from his estate, Josi ...more
Brad Hodges
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it

This book for middle-school kids was given to me to read because the other, Christine Hayes, will be making an appearance at our school. I found it to be a very engaging supernatural thriller, reminding me of the days I used to read Hardy Boys mysteries or The Three Investigators. I also appreciated that Hayes does not cop out and go "Scooby Doo"--this book has real ghosts.

Josie Fletcher is the oldest of three kids in Athens, Ohio. Her father runs an auction house. Her younger brother, Fox, has
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
Ever gone on a haunted house tour? Whispered "Bloody Mary" into a bathroom mirror? Stayed up all night at a sleepover telling ghost stories? Josie isn't the type of girl to do any of those things. Since her mother died of cancer, she has been busy helping her Aunt Barb take care of the family and helping her father with the family's auction business. But when they are chosen to handle the estate auction of John Goodrich, everything changes. She and her brother Fox find an old Polaroid camera tha ...more
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, spooky
This review originally found at The Children's Book and Media Review

Josie lives in one of the most haunted towns in America, but she’s never seen anything paranormal until now. At one of the auctions her dad does, her brother Fox discovers a Polaroid camera that always has a picture of the ghost of John Goodrich. John tries to warn them against a curse that has been in the area of Athens, Ohio, for over a hundred years. Josie gets cursed by Mothman, an insect creature bent on proving that humans
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Josie is twelve years old, has two younger brothers and a father. Her mom died so an aunt and her husband help take care of the household. During an auction, a black creature flies throughout scaring the customers. Who is that creature? It is the mothman! He is hired by the owner (Mr. Goodrich) to sell his estate when he dies.. He commits suicide. Why? Meanwhile Josie's father gives his kids permission to go through the decease's stuff that is up for auction. They are allowed to pick one thing t ...more
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Julie Williams
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was so funny. I started reading this book and told my 17 year old daughter about it. She said, "I've heard of Mothman...can I read it when you are done?" Sorry...I had never heard of Mothman...

In this book Josie and her 2 brothers stumble into the Mothman's Curse while helping their dad at an estate that is about to go up for auction. Their dad claims he saw the Mothman right before he got injured. While picking up after their dad's accident Josie and her brother Fox find papers and artifacts
THE MOTHMAN’S CURSE by Christine Hayes is a spooky thriller for middle grade readers.

Living in America’s most haunted town, Josie is accustomed to strange happenings in her family’s auction house. However, the appearance of a Polaroid camera that captures images of a ghost draws Josie and her brother into a century old mystery. A ghost, a monster, and a cursed pin are just a few of the creepy things these witty siblings encounter as they try to prevent a disaster in their small Ohio town.

This f
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another sensational middle grade book! The story was intriguing, very fun and spooky at times. I loved Josie, Fox, and cute little Mason. Aunt Barb was also great. I loved how ambitious and smart the main characters were. Josie and Fox both were fantastic. Their love and concern for their family and especially each other, was very enduring and what drove them to figure out their problem(s). I don't want to spoil what happens, but it is big and not only involves them, but thousands. I loved the b ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ghosts, a curse, a cryptid creature, a disaster what else could you want in a middle grade horror? Fun book. I love Josie, Fox, and secondary characters like Mason and Aunt Barb. The family love and the willingness to do the right thing we're good. The paranormal aspects might be a little harrowing for some kids, but I think it had just the right amount of scares for a middle grade reader who enjoys a scary book. I personally would've loved this book when I was the target audience's age (8-12). ...more
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Christine Hayes writes spooky stories for middle grade readers. Her suspense novel, MOTHMAN’S CURSE, is due out June 2015 with Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan. She lives in Utah with her family, her dog, Chewie, and a house full of vintage finds that she secretly hopes might be haunted.
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