Book: Finger Bones by Sara Stinsoncategories: Book, Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Action, Friendship, Kids, Ghosts, Witches, Fantasy Adventure
Sara Stinsonabout this book: Ten-year-old Wendy Dee Winkelmann, Claire Grace Clark, and Henry T. Bartlett take over a special job of hunting ghosts and sending them to their next destination. An old man called Finger Bones guides them. Come join the gang in their adventures as they hunt their first ornery ghost, Lefty Lennie Spinsters. Read and discover the dark reason for his return. Along the way, meet some friendly ghosts too.
Finger Bones is classified a Young Adult Fantasy. It actually falls between middle-grade and young adult readers. Three of the main protagonists are eleven years old. So I am targeting third-grade readers and up. The book contains 382 pages, but I purposely double-spaced the pages in the book.
I have worked with children in an education setting for over twenty-five years. During that time, I discovered that many students struggle with reading. They are not only having difficulty reading the words, but are overwhelmed with the number of words on a single page. I have already seen a positive turnout in this one alteration. They are also better able to stay on the line they are reading and can track the words easier.
My goal is to reach teachers and school-aged kids. By word of mouth and the internet, I hope to inspire teachers to choose Finger Bones and encourage students to read more because of their interest of my characters and story.
I am currently working on a Teaching Unit. I am planning lesson plans and worksheets to promote reading comprehension and vocabulary.
How did I come up with the idea of Finger Bones? In my small town there is a local restaurant, and hanging on the wall inside is a picture of an old man we called "Uncle Charlie". Locals claim he lived to be 122. One night when I sat to eat there, I looked at the picture. I thought about the big sack he used to carry and how he walked to town every day. He had lived in an old log cabin for as long as I had known him. The ideas began to flow. You will have to read the reason why he is called Finger Bones.
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