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Journey Home

Journey Home (pb)

By Lawrence McKay, Jr.

Illustrated by Dom Lee and Keunhee Lee


Mai is excited about traveling to Vietnam with her mother. Mom wants to search for her birth family and Mai wants to help solve the mystery.

Mai has never been to her mother's homeland, and she wonders what being there will reveal. Will learning about her mother's past help her gain a new sense of identity? Is her "real" home in America or Vietnam?

What Mai discovers about her past will change her life forever. Journey Home is a story for all Americans who, like Mai, want to learn more about themselves through their family histories.

Booktalk with illustrators Dom and Keunhee Lee

Teacher's Guide

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Children's Books Mean Business
Children's Book Council

Selected as Outstanding by Parents Council

Interest Level
Grades 1 - 5
Reading Level
Grades 2 - 3
Adoption, Biracial Interest, Family Traditions, Home, Mothers, Multiethnic interest
Accelerated Reader
Level: 3.8
Points: .5
About the Creators

Lawrence McKay, Jr. is the author of CARAVAN, which was a Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year selection. He lives in Vermont with his wife and their two children.

Dom Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. With his unique style of art combining techniques of painting and scratching details in encaustic wax, Lee has illustrated many award-winning picture books for children for LEE & LOW (see full list to the right). He lives with his wife and children in Demarest, New Jersey. To find out more about Dom Lee, visit domandk.com

Keunhee Lee is a contributing illustrator for AMERICA: MY LAND, YOUR LAND, OUR LAND. Dom and Keunhee Lee live in Demarest, New Jersey, with their two children.

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