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A hardcover edition of The Monster Hypothesis is on top of a yellow Once Upon a Book Club box. In front of the box are a yellow rectangular box, an orange drawstring bag, and folder. The boxes and bags all have page numbers.

The Bayou Curse - Full Box

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Grab our March 2023 Middle Grade featuring The Monster Hypothesis by Romily Bernard plus three gifts that bring this exciting adventure to life! Middle Grade boxes are recommended for all young readers ages 7-12 and include gender-neutral gifts for everyone to enjoy!

About the Book

Welcome to Bohring-home to 453 people, 2,053 alligators, and one monster curse.

Correction: home to 
454 people, now that Kick Winter is living in the swamp Hollows with her Grandma Missouri, the town (fake) psychic. Bohring is anything but boring for Kick who has already blown a hole through the kitchen floor, befriended a chicken-eating gator, and discovered that the town's hundred-year curse is upon them.

It's the Bohring curse and all the kids are about to become monsters-or so the legend goes. People are worried-except for Kick. She knows there's a scientific explanation for everything, especially curses and monsters. But Kick is the new kid in school and she's determined to make a name for herself . . . by pretending to be psychic.

According to her calculations: one teeny-tiny life + (fake) psychic skills = popularity. But when kids start disappearing and glowing creatures start showing up, Kick's theory quickly evaporates in a puff of foul-smelling swamp gas. Can Kick use her (real) science smarts to prove the curse is a hoax? Or is it just-maybe-sort of-somehow possible the curse 
is here?

Author Romily Bernard weaves a fast-paced middle-grade mystery filled with humor and scientific intrigue, set in a perfectly eerie Southern town.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews

How fun! Really brings the story to life.


We received this box and actually gave it to my daughters teacher for her class. They loved it. They liked the gifts, but the book was fun to read together as a class. Very well done.

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I love Once Upon a Book Club. Each month offers a book with a collection of gifts that bring the words on the pages to life. My collection is growing and I even had to purchased new book shelves. I love the boxes!

Mitzi V.
Lake Charles, LA

Once Upon a Book Club is a reader’s delight. The concept of this book box is so unique, it combines your love of reading with the joy opening presents.

Darrie D.
Oceanside, NY

The gifts truly bring the story to life and perfectly match what’s happening in the story. For example-the main character might have gotten a bracelet from her best friend in the story. And then you get that bracelet as a gift! It’s so fun because it’s an immersive experience.

Monique B.
Elmhurst, IL

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