Four Rubbings

Four Rubbings

by Jennifer L. Hotes


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The night the barrier between the dead and the living is as thin as muslin. Fourteen-year old Josie, haunted by the death of her mother, leads her best friends to an ancient cemetery to rub graves. 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. Set against the backdrop of the rainy Pacific Northwest, four graves will be rubbed, touching off a series of events that will rattle their once mundane lives. From the lonely World War II hero to an accused witch, the people buried beneath the stones have stories that need an ending. The journey to unravel the mysteries leaves the friends wondering if the graves would've been better off left alone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620151631
Publisher: Libertary Co.
Publication date: 08/26/2013
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Raised across the river from a nuclear reactor, Jennifer thought two-headed animals at the county fair were normal until she moved to the big city. Jennifer has been looking at the world through a cracked kaleidoscope since she was born and has been writing since her parents pushed her crib against a blank wall. You can find the writer/illustrator most days in her loft, sketching for the Inventor-in-Training series, or jotting down random thoughts. Fortunate enough to marry her best friend, she and her
husband currently reside in the Seattle area with their two daughters, two cats and one unruly puppy. Jennifer is a board member for Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation and chairs the organization’s largest fundraiser, the annual luncheon. She loves supporting this group of social workers, nurses and chaplains as they walk with families through the hardest path life offers.

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Four Rubbings 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm admittedly a fan of historical fiction and biographies, however when I heard about this book, I was intrigued by the setting, as I was raised in the Northwest, and ready for a good fiction story. I was incredibly impressed by the authors development of the characters, completely believable and intelligent and the story, definitely creepy but making me curious for how it would resolve...or not. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the end. I found myself eager to get back to the book when real life interrupted me. I look forward to the next installment of the series, and more from this engaging writer.
twodoggarage More than 1 year ago
A spooky thrill ride! The characters are well rounded and realistic. I feel like I know all of these kids personally now. Learning from their example, I definitely won't be taking any late night stroll's through the local cemetery any time soon! With the huge Zombie and Vampire craze going on in the fiction world these days, it's refreshing to find a great ghost story. This is a perfect book for the Halloween season. Grab some tracing paper, some headstone rubbing supplies, a flashlight and bring this book with you when you go to summon the spirits. Hotes' tricks will bring more than a bag full of treats for you for sure!
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Grace, the cemetery caretaker, spots four youths rubbing headstones on Halloween and, thankful that they aren't there to vandalize, she sends a prayer to God. Little does she realize that this prayer will lead each of the teens on a strange journey with the gravesites' occupants. Fourteen-year-old Josie sets out to rub her mother's headstone, but is drawn to that of a witch instead; Casey, who lives in the shadow of her older brother, rubs the headstone of a baby boy whose parents still show him more attention than she has ever received; Blaze, whose mother is an atheist, rubs the headstone of a priest; and Seth, who is having a troubled relationship with his father, rubs the headstone of a dead soldier with no living relatives. As each teen finds out more about the subject of their rubbing, they are forced to come to terms with an important aspect of their own lives. Even Grace will be affected by the events set in motion on Halloween night. The chapters are told from the alternating points-of-view of Grace, Josie, Casey, Blaze, and Seth, with the cute chapter headings indicating who is narrating each chapter. This book is beautifully written and contains some lovely descriptive passages. There is a lot of detail that is not strictly necessary but that adds an extra dimension to the narrative. I came to know each of these characters very well, and I was invested in their stories. This is a complex tale of friendship, love, family, and history. A pleasure to read. I received this book in return for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Four Rubbings: Stone Witch Series Volume 1 by Jennifer L. Hotes is set on Halloween. The one night of the year when the dead and the living may meet. Josie is 14 years old and, 6 years after the death of her mother, she is struggling to remember her. Having been given a grave rubbing set as a present, she talks 3 of her friends into visiting the cemetery on Halloween.  Each one is to find a grave that calls to them and take a rubbing of the stone. Josie is hoping that she will, at long last, receive a sign that her mother’s spirit still lingers, but none of them could possibly have foretold what would happen next. As each of the four rubs their chosen graves, a series of events is about to be set in motion, events that will turn their world and their lives upside down. The four graves rubbed are of 4 people whose stories never really ended and the 4 friends must give them those endings. Will they live to regret the grave rubbings? Should they have left things alone? Four Rubbings: Stone Witch Series Volume 1 by Jennifer L. Hotes was a good book. The characters did have some depth to them and Ms. Hotes has done a good job of making them realistic. At the beginning of the book, I was a little confused about the self-confidence each child possessed but, as I went through the book, more details about their backgrounds appeared, lending them the air of reality. The story itself was a little different, with elements of culture, race and family values amongst other things, and it was a rather enjoyable, if a little suspenseful read.
toni-michelle More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  I flippin’ loved Four Rubbings!!! I couldn’t put the book down for one second: No drinks, food, bathroom or stretching breaks! Absolutely nothing could pull me away from it. Once I finished reading it, had to research information regarding rubbing headstones. 394 pages of awesomeness!  If you love paranormal reads, you will love this book!!!
TKSayers More than 1 year ago
I've loved YA thrillers since I was a kid - "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" was one of my first favorite books; Lois Duncan was one of my favorite childhood authors; and I was thrilled to death to receive a personal letter from Betty Ren Wright when I was in third grade or so. (I still have that letter somewhere). As I grew older, I never outgrew my love of scary stories. Although I also read "grown-up" horror stories (Stephen King will always be my #1 favorite author), I still enjoy YA horror as well. "Four Rubbings" by Jennifer Hotes is one of those YA horror books that's scary and entertaining while also being well-written enough for adults to enjoy. Four Rubbings tells the tale of four teenagers - self-labeled "The Baby Group," as they've been friends since infancy - and what happens when they decide to try to connect with the dead by doing gravestone rubbings on Halloween. The story delves individually into the minds of each of the four teens - Josie, Casey, Blaze, and Seth. Josie, the leader of the group and the one who originally came up with the idea of doing the grave rubbings on Halloween, tragically lost her mother years previously, and sees this activity as a way to try to "reach out" to her mom and try to connect with her. She encourages the other three teens to find a grave that "calls" to them... and they do. You learn more about each teen's back story as they each get a chance to relate their own experiences of what htheir graveyard adventure through point-of-view shifts between the characters (although Josie, as the leader and primary character, gets the most page-time). And these aren't dumbed-down teenagers. These kids are portrayed as intelligent and well-spoken, with the ability to reflect on the things that are happening and on their personal reactions. This book delivers the thrills and chills, and the ending will leave you wanting more and hoping that the author will continue Josie and the Baby Group's story soon. I plan to share this book with my own teenagers, who've inherited my love of scary stories. I wouldn't be surprised if they want to go do grave rubbings next Halloween after reading this book!
ChristinaBoyd More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my 11year old daughter as Christmas gift. This is what she thought. " I read this after Christmas on break. I couldn't put it down. My friend's mom passed away from cancer last year and so this was pretty sad to be reminded of it. But it's a great story with really good characters. I was really excited to learn this is first book of a series. Because this was eery. Creepy. Interesting. All enjoyable. And the rubbing kit that the author sent as part of the package was really cool. I look forward to trying it when it dries out here. And I want to get the next book too."