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Orca Immigration and Refugees through May 2023

Finding Home
The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees
By (author): Jen Sookfong Lee Illustrated by: Drew Shannon
Jen Sookfong Lee ,

Illustrated by :

Drew Shannon


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Sewn, Laminated cover
Hardcover , Sewn, Laminated cover


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 7, Grade (US) 4 - 7, Reading age 9 - 12
Mar 16, 2021
Print Run: 6000
$24.95 CAD


9in x 7 x 0.63 in | 600 gr

Page Count:

120 pages


93 Halftones, color , 25 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C023083
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Emigration & Immigration
Children’s / Teenage social topics: Migration / refugees|Children’s / Teenage general interest: History and the past|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Politics and government|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Racism and anti-racism|Interest age: from c 9 years
Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award 2022, Short-listed BC Books for BC Schools 2021, Commended OLA Top Ten Best Pets 2022, Commended NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books List 2022, Commended
  • Short Description
Part of the nonfiction Orca Think series for middle-grade readers, this illustrated book offers a look at how human migration has changed the world.
Looking for a place to call home.

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.

Key Selling Points
  • Finding Home is a critical look at the history of human migration and the realities of being an immigrant or refugee today.
  • The topic is timely, with asylum seekers being detained and featuring in elections around the world.
  • We are in the worst humanitarian crisis in history, with the highest number of refugees, asylum seekers, and IDPs since World War II.
  • Featuring stories of immigrants and refugees from around the world, Finding Home puts a face on human migration and helps children develop empathy for people who appear different from them.
  • Award-winning author Jen Sookfong Lee’s experiences growing up as the child of immigrants in a diverse neighborhood form the backbone of this book.
  • This is the first book in a new middle-grade nonfiction series called Orca Think, which introduces readers to the issues making headlines in the world today with the goal of creating better citizens.

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 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 several books including Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees, Are We There Yet? How Humans Find Their Way and This is Your Brain On Stereotypes: How Science is Tackling Unconscious Bias. Drew lives in Toronto.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

For more information contact
[email protected]

“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

“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

“Timely and an important educational tool.” - Lauren Dembicky, Vancouver Writers Fest

“An accessible yet comprehensive introduction to immigration.” - Publishers Weekly

“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

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