Lea Wait writes acclaimed historical novels for ages 7 and up set on the coast of Maine. STOPPING TO HOME was named a "notable children's book of 2001" by Smithsonian Magazine and a “best of the best” by Bank Street College.
In FINEST KIND (2006,) a family moves to Maine after the Panic of 1837 so the father can work in a lumber mill. Jake, age 13, must prepare his family for the winter – and keep the family secret they brought with them from Boston. Kirkus called it "a story that will linger in the hearts of readers."
She is also the author of Scribner's Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, traditional mysteries for adults. SHADOWS AT THE FAIR was a finalist for a "best first mystery" Agatha in 2002; SHADOWS ON THE COAST OF MAINE was a Mystery Guild "Editor's Choice" in 2003. SHADOWS ON THE IVY (2004) was also a Mystery Guild selection.