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Mothman's Curse

Mothman's Curse

Christine Hayes; illustrated by James K. Hindle

Roaring Brook Press


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.


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: the tumbledown houses, the shadowed cemeteries and wandering souls. Whether you believe...

Praise for Mothman's Curse

“An ectoplasmic extravaganza...tailor-made for reading beneath the bedcovers.” —Kirkus, 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 b&w cartoons tweak the suspense further.” —Publishers Weekly


Reviews from Goodreads

Christine Hayes; illustrated by James K. Hindle

Christine Hayes grew up loving stories about the creatures that curl your toes, and the legends that send a shiver down your spine. Now she loves writing about them, too. She lives in Utah with her family, her dog Chewie, and a collection of vintage finds that hopefully are not cursed.

James K. Hindle is an illustrator and designer. He lives in Western Massachusetts.

Roaring Brook Press

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