Book Review: Finest Kind

“We have to believe it’ll be all right, Jake,” said Mother, reaching out to touch his hand. “Cousin Ben has found us a place to live, and Father has a job. It will be different from Boston, but we’ll be fine.”

After his father looses his job, Jake and his family head north to Wiscasset, Maine. Their new life is hard. Mother is afraid their new neighbors will find out about Jake’s brother, Frankie. Father is rarely home. Their new house is small and dark. Jake has difficulty making friends. Worse of all, he feels responsible for the family and he knows they don’t have enough food for the coming winter. Will Wiscasset ever feel like home? Will Jake’s family ever be together again?

I picked this book a few weeks ago. I intended to read one chapter before going to sleep, but several hours later (at midnight) I finished the last page. Finest Kind brings history to life.

Author: Lea Wait
Audience: 9 and up
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 246
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

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