Mothman’s Curse

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 in BR Library

9781250079893By Christine Hayes
Illustrated by James K. Hindle
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 320
Lexile: 690L
Age Range: 8 – 12 Years

A thrilling tale about when the borders between legend and reality blur–with dangerous consequences.

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 and her brothers discover a Polaroid camera that prints pictures of the ghost of local recluse John Goodrich, they are drawn into a mystery dating back over a hundred years. A desperate spirit, cursed jewelry, natural disasters, and the horrible specter of Mothman all weave in and out of the puzzle that Josie must solve to break the curse and save her own life.

Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes is a spine-chilling middle-grade novel full of action and adventure, and contains black and white illustrations by James K. Hindle.


“An ectoplasmic extravaganza…tailor-made for reading beneath the bedcovers.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Scary enough to appeal to readers who are growing out of R.L. Stine titles, this may also tempt fans of realistic fiction.”
—School Library Journal

“Debut author Hayes deftly balances the thriller elements of her story with resonant coming-of-age moments, and Hindle’s eerie . . . cartoons tweak the suspense further.”
Publishers Weekly