Finest Kind

Finest Kind

by Lea Wait


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It's 1838. Jake's father has lost his job and his savings. Hearing of work in Maine, the family leaves their large home in Boston and heads north, taking with them a few furnishings—and a deep family secret. In Maine they find only a dirty, isolated farmhouse, and a job for Father that takes him away from home.

"I'll have to depend on you," Jake's mother tells him. But how can Jake find food? How can he prepare for the dangerous cold of a Maine winter? How can he protect his mother—and his family's secret?

Slowly, Jake learns the ways to survive, catching game and storing food for the long winter months. Nabby McCord, whose family also has a secret, helps him. So does Granny McPherson, who may be a witch. But when it comes to earning the money they need, Jake knows he's on his own. He shows his determination as the winter approaches, but does he have what it takes to bring his family together to face the future—and their past?

Finest Kind is the powerful story of a boy who is forced to become a man and to learn the truth about courage, friendship, and secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481475112
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 11/13/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lea Wait made her mystery debut with Shadows at the Fair, which was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Shadows on the Ivy, the third novel in her acclaimed series featuring Maggie Summer, is forthcoming in hardcover from Scribner. Lea comes from a long line of antiques dealers, and has owned an antique print business for more than twenty-five years. The single adoptive mother of four Asian girls who are now grown, she lives in Edgecomb, Maine. In addition to the Antique Print mysteries, Lea Wait writes historical fiction for young readers. Her first children's book, Stopping to Home, was named a Notable Book for Children in 2001 by Smithsonian magazine.
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Finest Kind 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
caro488 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wait, Lea, Finest Kind, Jake's family move to Maine, after his father loses his job. Used to servants, his mother must learn to cook and take care of his invalid brother while his father works at a sawmill, and later lumbering. That leaves Jake to take care of his family for the winter. He looks to neighbors for help and advice - and seems unusually determined for his age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I HAD to finish reading this book. I needed to know how the family turned out. I am not a big fan of historic fiction, but I did love this book. You feel their pain, hardships, and struggle.