Lea Wait

Stopping to Home
Back to Novels for Young People

Aladdin Books
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0689838492

Eleven-year-old Abbie and her younger brother, Seth, have lost their mother to smallpox and their father to the sea. It is 1806, in the Maine seaport of Wiscasset, and with no family to watch out for them, Abbie and Seth must find a new life. Working for the young widow of a sea captain may be a temporary answer – but only if Seth stays out of trouble and Widow Chase finds a way to support herself. As the months go by Abbie and Seth find more questions than answers, until Abbie has an idea that may be the solution for all of them. But first Widow Chase must listen, and Seth must leave the past behind.

-Smithsonian Magazine “notable children’s book of 2001”
-Bank Street College “best of the best”
-Student Choice Award nominations in Rhode Island, West Virginia, Arkansas
-Gold Crown Award nominee

Kirkus Reviews: “A quiet tale of love and belonging .. a lyrical text that deftly and painlessly weaves into Abbie’s deeply personal story observations about the social and cultural structures of this small, seafaring town .. a novel finely crafted, with a nearly perfect sense of its setting in place and time.”

Lexile:  710L   Accelerated Reader Points: 4.0

Teachers and Librarians: For details on the themes in Stopping to Home, how they relate in Common Core Standards and questions for classroom discussions, see Educators’ Page: Stopping to Home.

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