Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Christine Hayes
Illustrator: James K. Hindle
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
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 are selfish and will always choose to save themselves before saving someone else. Josie has to find out the history of the Mothman and his curse so that she can break it to save her own life and the lives of many people around her.
Based on a local legend in the area of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Ohio, Mothman’s Curse takes the story to younger audiences. The book is spooky, with scary encounters with ghosts, tales of murder, and Mothman selling his soul in exchange for revenge on the woman who broke his heart and the ability to curse people for generations. There is a lot going on with the background of the curse, sometimes making it difficult to follow along with everything that is going on. One of the best parts of the story is how close Josie’s family is and how willing her siblings are to help her, even when it looks certain that Josie will not succeed with her quest to break the curse. Mothman’s Curse is a heart-pounding story for readers who like to read spooky tales.