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posterKirkus Reviews checked out Four Rubbings recently, and featured the books in the March issue of Kirkus Reviews. Here’s what the toughest reviewers in the nation had to say:

“Hotes’ Halloween tale tells of graveyards, unfinished business and seekers after the unknown.

The four rubbings of the title are impressions on paper, made from grave markers rubbed with black chalk. A group of teenage friends, led by young Josie, go out on Halloween night to visit a purportedly haunted cemetery and to take rubbings from the headstones there. While Josie hopes for some contact with the spirit of her dead mother, her friends Casey, Blaze and Seth are drawn to other graves. They find themselves called by the mysteries of the people laid to rest there and the loose ends of their lives. The kids begin four personal journeys as they research what happened to the dead men and women behind the rubbings; perhaps they’ll find ways to bring closure to stories long left unresolved. The thoughtful, intelligent and altogether human narrative shows how lives can interweave even after death. Hotes masterfully brings her characters to life, both the living and the dead; each is vivid and involving. The supernatural is present, but it’s as subtle as a shadow on the moon. One of the most startling moments—when an eerie photograph crumbles—could just as easily be the result of a printer’s toner malfunction as the wrath of the angry dead. The characters connect to the world of the strange in ways that feel real—odd sensations, weird coincidences, chilling images and vague encounters. On a technical level, the text is clean and professional, with welcome poise: “I kick the glove compartment with my mud-caked boot and smile when I see the brown scuff I’ve left on his fancy Italian leather.” Although the book is the first in a series, the author makes sure that it’s quite satisfying on its own.

Quality YA suspense set in a world full of fantastic possibilities.” – Kirkus Reviews

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Four Rubbings by Jennifer HotesFourteen-year old Josie, haunted by the death of her mother, leads her best friends to an ancient cemetery to rub graves on Halloween night. Convinced she will come away with proof of her mother’s spirit at last, the evening takes an unexpected turn as the teens gravitate four ways into the haunted grounds.

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Ready for finals?
Maybe these resources will help you through the week.

 

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Wishing you good luck! A painting by Jennifer Hotes.

With a teen daughter in the throes of finals, I did some research to find out some great and awful ways to prepare for your upcoming tests. And by the way, I’ve just gotta say this: you guys have got it way worse than I ever did as a student. You not only have final exams, most likely your teachers added a final project or presentation to an already packed week. In my day you had one or the other. So, sorry about that.

Odd Study Habits Brought to You by Arkansas State University:

http://www.asuherald.com/news/students-prep-for-finals-with-odd-study-habits-1.2845800#.UoZU1uBD2JU

Wikihow Top Study Tips:

http://www.wikihow.com/Study-For-Exams

 And if those don’t help, check out my vlog about finals here:

 

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The research behind Four Rubbings, the recently released debut novel by local author, Jennifer L. Hotes, required visits to over twenty cemeteries across Washington state and more than forty cemeteries nationwide, most with her two daughters in tow. Two years of photographing, journaling, sketching, Continued…

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Scene Eleven

October 15, 2013
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After school, Josie and Casey visit the cemetery. They quickly find Grace who enriches their visit with a spooky story.

Scene Twenty-Eight

October 15, 2013
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These days, Grace has been spending more time with the living than the dead. She does her part to put things to rights for the Jameson family in her own kind, thoughtful way as she tends to the family’s overgrown garden one planter at a time. Her reward is lunch out with the Jamesons, good company sharing comfort food.