Journey [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Journey

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Overview

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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Left by their mother with their grandparents, two children feel as if their past has been erased until Grandfather finds a way to restore it to them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Sarah, Plain and Tall , for which MacLachlan won the 1986 Newbery Award, this novel concerns a family trying to fill the gaping void left by the loss of a mother. And like that earlier masterpiece, this is a spellbinding tale, lean only in its length. The author's clipped dialogue and meticulously pared-down descriptions convey a deceptive simplicity--there are deep, intricate rumblings beneath the surface calm of MacLachlan's words. When his mother walks out on 11-year-old Journey and his older sister, Cat, the boy refuses to believe she will not return. He listens to the constant clicking of the shutter as his grandfather takes possession of Cat's cast-aside camera, asserting that ``sometimes pictures show us what is really there.'' Journey questions the value of this incessant picture-taking, yet pores through his grandmother's photo album, trying to patch together a fragmented past that is frustratingly out of focus. He hopes that the truth will be found in a box of family photos that his mother left in tiny scraps under her bed. Setting out to piece the pictures back together, Journey finally admits that this dream is as hopeless as his mother's return. It is his grandfather, on whom Journey has taken out much of his anger, who eventually answers the child's most troubling questions. The wise older man assures Journey that he is not to blame for his mama's departure, and shares a truth that is at the heart of the novel: although everything in life--from photographs to families--is not perfect, ``things can be good enough.'' Readers of all ages will find that MacLachlan's emotion-charged novel is far closer to being perfect than to being just ``good enough.'' One turns the last page convinced that Journey's is, indeed, a complete family, and that this is a full and refreshing work. Ages 8-14. Sept.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
MacLachlan's Journey is about an eleven-year-old boy who's living with his grandparents and his sister, Cat. He is trying to resolve his feelings about his mother's leaving. MacLachlan, who wrote a screenplay of the book for a Hallmark movie, defends the mother against people who think she's a villain. "It seemed to me it's important to let children know that there's someone there to care for you."
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Left with their loving but undemonstrative grandparents, Journey and his sister must face the fact that their free-spirited mother is gone forever. The old man's passionhis photographsand a stray cat provide the common bonds that bring the family together. A tightly focused, carefully composed masterpiece. Sept. 1991
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307567796
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 246,675
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia MacLachlan was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1938. After graduating from the University of Connecticut she became an English teacher and pursued a writing career. She won the Newbery Medal in 1986 for her book Sarah, Plan and Tall. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2005

    A very sad book.

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    Great book for all ages!

    Short but sweet. Lessons learned and shattered dreams make this story unforgettable. A book that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Dont waste your $$$

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Creepyspgettie

    Welcome all who are not creepypastas bit either are related to them or based off of them. My name is Seran and im here to help you become someone or somthing!!! Also im related to Masky.~Seran

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Hated it

    This is poo. Don't waste your mooney.

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    Posted November 13, 2012

    Thrushfang

    He came in and made a nest

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    Posted November 13, 2012

    Warrior den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Baby

    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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    Posted November 11, 2011

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