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Jennifer Hotes
Author, Illustrator
Four Tombstones

Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Halloween. The night the barrier between the dead and the living is as thin as muslin. Fifteen-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 tombstones 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.

In Four Tombstones, the first book in the Josie Jameson mystery series, four teenagers rub the headstones of four graves on Halloween night. Their leader, fourteen year-old Josie Jameson, wants to connect with her long-deceased mother—and she does so in atmospheric passages that made goosebumps erupt on this reader’s skin. Teenagers will recognize themselves and their friends in this novel’s characters. Older readers will remember the insecurity of adolescence and the importance of a few loyal friends. Mrs. Hotes clearly understands the self-doubt, need to belong, and drive for independence inherent in teenagers. Her four teens are believable, likable, and wonderfully flawed.

Four Tombstones delivers a spine-tingling and hair-raising narrative along with a story of the bumpy transition from childhood to adulthood, the dysfunction in every family, and the utter necessity of friends to get us through.