Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
- Reading age: 9 to 12
What drives people to search for new homes?
From war zones to politics, there are many reasons why people have always searched for a place to call home. In Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees we discover how human migration has shaped our world. We explore its origins and the current issues facing immigrants and refugees today, and we hear the first-hand stories of people who have moved across the globe looking for safety, security and happiness. Author Jen Sookfong Lee shares her personal experience of growing up as the child of immigrants and gives a human face to the realities of being an immigrant or refugee today.
About the authors
Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised on Vancouver's East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award; The End of East; Gentlemen of the Shade; Chinese New Year and The Animals of Chinese New Year. Jen was a columnist for CBC Radio One's The Next Chapter for many years. She teaches at The Writer's Studio Online with Simon Fraser University, edits fiction for Wolsak & Wynn and co-hosts the literary podcast Can't Lit.
Drew Shannon is an illustrator who lives in Toronto. Drew earned a bachelor of arts at Sheridan College and has worked with many different clients, including CBC, VICE Media, UNICEF, The Washington Post and NPR. He is the illustrator of Extreme Battlefields: When War Meets the Forces of Nature and Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past.
- Short-listed, Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award
- Commended, OLA Top Ten Best Pets
- Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
“Required reading...Readers will enjoy all the many stories and facts Lee has accumulated...I can find no fault with this beautifully produced book and thoroughly recommend it to both young and older adults alike.”
The Ormsby Review
“Timely and an important educational tool.”
Lauren Dembicky, Vancouver Writers Fest
“At a time when immigration and refugees are major talking points in global politics, this is a very comprehensive title for readers who want to know more…A good addition to any school or public library, which spotlights the varied experiences of immigrants.”
School Library Journal
“An accessible yet comprehensive introduction to immigration.”
“Timely and educational, Finding Home will foster among readers a greater understanding of human migration and empathy for the thousands of immigrants and refugees who seek a better life in their adopted country. Highly Recommended.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Other titles by Jen Sookfong Lee
Good Mom on Paper
Writers on Creativity and Motherhood
The Shadow List
Chinese New Year
A Celebration for Everyone
Whatever Gets You Through
Twelve Survivors on Life after Sexual Assault
The Animals of Chinese New Year / 中国农历新年动物生肖
The Animals of Chinese New Year Read-Along
Gentlemen of the Shade
My Own Private Idaho