Journey Home

By Lawrence McKay
Illustrated by Dom Lee, Keunhee Lee

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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.

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About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Lawrence McKay - Author

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.

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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 Books. He and his wife live in Hollis, New York. To find out more about Dom Lee, visit

Thumb_keunhee_lee 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.