Finger Bones and Wendy by Sara Stinson

Finger Bones has been sending ghosts to their next destination for years. Now it's Wendy's turn.

The Bridgeville Clipper announces Finger Bones is dead at 122-years of age. Wendy is not upset. He will be back. Finger Bones and Wendy have unfinished business in this small town.

When ten-year-old Wendy Dee Winkelmann needs to do some serious thinking she likes to chew bubblegum. While sitting on a bench reading, she becomes friends with an old man the townspeople call, Finger Bones. Some locals consider him odd and spread rumors about the ghastly man who lives up a dirt road in an ramshackle cabin. Yet Wendy soon discovers this old man, who walks to town with a burlap bag tied to a stick, has a special job. He sends ghosts to their next destination, and the stick and burlap bag he carries are magical.

Now Wendy chases the lingering spirits. Soon she finds herself caught up in a devious plan of a dark sinister power, and if it means hurting someone, or worse, it will do whatever is necessary to succeed. It’s all up to Wendy to save Bridgeville before the evil power takes over the town.



  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted June 21, 2012
  • Last updated June 21, 2012
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  • HarperCollins's avatar
    HarperCollins wrote 1 year, 5 months ago
    Finger Bones is a character of great potential and he provides an interesting premise for a children’s story, especially considering current trends in the genre. Your opening paragraphs create an ideal setting and moody atmosphere on which to stage your story. However, the narrative begins to lose its way a little after this. While there is a strong story beneath the surface, it is occasionally obscured by weak writing and characterisation. These issues can be remedied by not being afraid ...
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  • Narcissus's avatar
    Narcissus wrote 1 year, 5 months ago

    BTW, regarding the review....
    I like "moaned" better.
    Just sayin...

    ~Joe

  • C. A. Thomson's avatar
    C. A. Thomson wrote 1 year, 8 months ago
    Hi Sarah, Because of time restraints, I've only read up to chapter 5. I'm a little confused though! What is the blood running from Fingers arm all about? Now admittedly, I've only read up to and including Ch.5, so perhaps it becomes clear later on? Should this be a classic case of "A Man read," as in "Men just don't look properly," (I can hear my wife's dulcet tones ringing in my ears as I write) then you can slap ...
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  • rmstorm's avatar
    rmstorm wrote 1 year, 9 months ago

    Your story reminds me very much of something I would have read as a kid, it's straight forward and charming.

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    Virginia Moffatt wrote 1 year, 9 months ago

    This is very inventive...great set up and like the way Wendy is chosen for the task, though she is unsure...intriguing.

  • singfam's avatar
    singfam wrote 1 year, 9 months ago

    wahoo!!!! Awesome!!! cant wait to hear how it goes!!! :-)
    good luck!
    Jeannette

  • Little Gypsy's avatar
    Little Gypsy wrote 1 year, 9 months ago

    Congratulations!

  • P.S.Hope's avatar
    P.S.Hope wrote 1 year, 9 months ago

    Dear Sara Stinson,

    Though I am not a reader of Fairy tales, I loved your book. Written amazingly !!!!!!!!!
    Wish you luck with HC.

  • Roy Freer's avatar
    Roy Freer wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    A Chirg review, chapters 1 & 2 Sara, Great job on this, you've really set up a fascinating and mysterious story with the opening 2 chapters. I love old Finger Bones and the handover in paragraph 2 was really well written! It is an intrigueing and absorbing premise which you've developed into a fantastic little book if the opening continues throughout. Here's my notes: ch 1 para starting 'finger bones lived alone': his brown eyes sentence reads badly, maybe lose ...
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  • Retired user
    prynkmishra wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    Everyone loves stories with fairytale elements to it! Wish you all the best!

  • Voice's avatar
    Voice wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    Hi Sara, Ok, I didn't realize you were going to leave me hanging. Put the end of the story up already, girl! I love this story. I've been keeping notes of some things I feel need some refining and I will give them to you if you need them. However, I have a feeling you won't need them because I'd be suprised if you don't have your own editor from Harper Colins in a few days! Wishing you all the ...
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  • Voice's avatar
    Voice wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    Sprinkled with humor and mixed with a good dose of spooky, "Finger Bones" is a charming brew. The spunky heroine, Wendy Dee Winkelmann, guided by her mysterious mentor, Mr. Finger Bones, battle to send ghostly villians "hotfooting it" to their final destination.

  • Pretzki's avatar
    Pretzki wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    Potential: reads like a Tim Burton, though as I have read to my children a great deal, the sheer amount of names thrown so quickly into the story can be off putting. A slower induction to characters or dwelling with them longer would assist this piece.

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    RachelKayBatty wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    Hi I apologize for the time it has took for me to get to finger bones. I have only read a few chapters but what I have read is great! I predict great things for you with this story and have no doubt that all children will love it too. You write lovely and I found myself lost in the characters! Many stars from me and thanks for a good read!

  • JTMcInnis's avatar
    JTMcInnis wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    Sara, So sorry it has taken me so long to get to your story. I've had two very busy semesters in a row and have only recently got back to reading things on Authonomy. Here are my reactions after reading three chapters. My guess is that many young people will be interested in this tale. A ten-year-old girl being chosen to help ghosts get to where they need to be, the evil lurking around the corner, threatening the small town: ...
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    TheRovingIntern wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    I loved your strong characters and imaginative names, and the idea is absolutely one-of-a-kind. The only bone I have to pick (pun pun pun) is that Wendy acts more like a seven year-old rather than a ten year-old. Perhaps I remember being more mature at that age (I may have been an odd child).

    Sarah
    A Darker Blue

  • Voice's avatar
    Voice wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    P.S. The change you made is good. It makes a lot more sense to me now.

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    Voice wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    I love your handling of Finger Bone's death. Really liked the line about grief covering her face as Wendy realizes he's dead. I also like howFinger Bone's comforts her and she realizes he's not really gone. I was a little confused in chapter 8. I found myself asking when, when did Finger Bones give her all these details about finding the trunk? Finger Bones mentions that Wendy needs to find the trunk in chapter 6, but that's it. Did she ...
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  • Sara Stinson's avatar
    Sara Stinson Author wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    I have worked on this part of the story. Let me know if this works. Thank you for catching it!

    Sara

    [QUOTE] Hi Sara, I'm up to chapter 8 and a little confused. Why is there concrete by the tree? The tree shifts and sends them flying, right, but I don't know where the concrete that almost hits Henry in the head came from? [ENDQUOTE]

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