- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 4
- Lexile Measure: 690 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (June 16, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626720274
- ISBN-13: 978-1626720275
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mothman's Curse Hardcover – June 16, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Josie Fletcher and her brothers, Fox and Mason, have grown up helping out at their family's auction house. They know which trinkets are actually worth money and which ones are straight-up junk. The siblings aren't allowed to buy stuff once it's on the auction floor, but sometimes they borrow objects to play with and return them before the auction. That's what happens with Mr. Goodrich's old Polaroid camera. Josie snaps a picture, and when it prints out, there is a strange man in the shot: a man who wasn't there when she took the picture. The haunted camera is just the beginning of an adventure that will take the Fletchers into the history of local disasters and lead to a confrontation with the red-eyed Mothman. The fantasy elements (which are based on local legends) and the realistic portions of the plot are strongly crafted, resulting in a balanced blend of genre and literary elements. Hayes's characters are appealing but flawed, and their relationships will ring true for middle grade readers. Over time, the Fletcher children begin to come to terms with their mother's death by learning that they can always rely on one another. VERDICT Scary enough to appeal to readers who are growing out of R.L. Stine titles, this may also tempt fans of realistic fiction.—Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
“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
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You'll find all this and more in Mothman's curse. The family business, estate auctions, also provides some wonderful settings for middle grade readers. What child doesn't enjoy the thought of rooms full of items to be discovered? I enjoyed this book as an adult and have no doubt that middle grade readers will enjoy it equally.
A fun enjoyable read.
This is a great story about a creepy curse and ghosts, but the best part is the love this family has for each other.