- Virginia Johnson
On a cold, March day in 1806, Abbie and Seth lost their beloved mother to the smallpox epidemic that was ripping through the town of Wiscasset, Maine. Without food or wood for the fire, the children were in terrible trouble. They could hear the bell tolling for the dead—so many times for a man, so many for a woman, so many for a child. But how many for a missing father? In Lea Wait’s Stopping to Home, the only hope the brother and sister have to survive is that someone in that stricken town will take them in, if only for a little while.
Stopping to Home was named a Smithsonian magazine Notable Children’s Book. As such an honor indicates, the author has done her research well, and the pages are filled with the sights, sounds and scents of a 19th-century New England town. From the windswept wharves to the gingerbread sold on Muster Day to the tunnels of snow connecting the houses in December, Lea Wait has created a fascinating glimpse into another time.