News: Finding Home shares first-hand immigration and refugee stories for young readers

News: Finding Home shares first-hand immigration and refugee stories for young readers

What drives people to search for new homes?

Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees by Jen Sookfong Lee is out now from Orca Book Publishers. It is the first title in a new Orca Think middle-grade series that explores the issues making headlines today.

From war zones to politics, there are many reasons why people have always searched for a place to call home. In Finding Home, readers will discover how human migration has shaped our world.

Finding Home explores the origins of migration and the current issues facing immigrants and refugees today, and shares the first-hand stories of people who have moved across the globe looking for safety, security and happiness. Author Jen Sookfong Lee also 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.

Lee is currently hosting a Finding Home writing contest for young readers aged 8-13 to submit short essays reflecting on the question “How do you find home?” The contest ends May 16.

Born and raised on Vancouver’s East Side, Lee now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her other books include The Shadow List, a poetry collection; 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 EastGentlemen of the ShadeChinese New Year and The Animals of Chinese New Year.

She 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.

Praise for Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees:

“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

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Founded in 1984, Orca Book Publishers is an independently owned Canadian children’s book publisher of award-winning, best-selling books in a number of genres. With 1200 active titles in print and digital formats and 95 new titles each year, Orca prides itself on publishing Canadian authors and bringing them to a wider market.

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