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Journey is eleven the summer his mother leaves him and his sister, Cat, with their grandparents. He is sad and angry, and spends the summer looking for the clues that will explain why she left.

Journey searches photographs for answers. He hunts family resemblances in Grandma's albums. Looking for happier times, he tries to put together the torn pieces of the pictures his mother shredded before her departure. And he also searches the photographs his grandfather takes as the older man attempts to provide Journey with a past. In the process, the boy learns to look and finds that, for him, the camera is a means of finding things his naked eye has missed—things like inevitability of his mother's departure and the love that still binds his family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440408093
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/28/1993
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 335,518
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.29(d)
Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Patricia Maclachlan, the author of numerous picture books and novels for children, is best known for her Newbery Medal–winning novel Sarah, Plain and Tall. Her other works include JourneyBabyWaiting for the Magic, and Kindred Souls. Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, she attended the University of Connecticut and now lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, with her husband.

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Journey 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How would you like it if your mom left you at the age of eleven? This happened to Journey and his heart was broken. Journey lives with his grandparents and used to live with his mom too. Journey has a sister named cat (short for Catherine). Cat gave her recorder to Grandma. She gave her camera to Grandpa and now he starts to take pictures all the time. Will Journey¿s mom come back? Why is grandpa taking all those pictures? Read the book and find out. I recommend this book to fourth graders and kids who like sad books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Short but sweet. Lessons learned and shattered dreams make this story unforgettable. A book that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book. Journey is struggling to come to terms with his mother's desertion, and his new life with his grandparents. His grandfather interests him in photography, and it is through his camera lens that he finds the truths that bring him peace. Written with humor and heart.
langerer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a boy named Journey and his sister Cat. They live with their grandparents. The story begins with their Mama telling them she is leaving. This book is a story about family and loss and coping mechanisms. The grandfather takes a lot of photographs and through these pictures Journey learns to see the truth about his own mother.I thought this was a good book about family and the need for family. It did a really good job of portraying different ways people cope in different types of situations.This book would be a good intoduction into a social studies lesson on family trees. It could also be used to talk about the diversity of the family as a unit.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has no point. I didnt like it at all. I dindt finish it it was so boring! If you want to try it, get it from the library
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is poo. Don't waste your mooney.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book Baby by her and it was really good. I hope I like this book as much as I liked the other one! I will post how good this book is as soon as I read it!
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