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MacLachlan, Patricia
New York : Dell, 1991.
IL 3-6 RL 5.0
ISBN 0385304277
Journey tells the story of his family, which consists of his sister, Cat, and his grandfather and grandmother since his mother left. Journey is angry with his mother for leaving and for only sending money, never words, in the envelopes that arrive for him and Cat from time to time. Grandfather is forever taking pictures, almost to the point of being annoying. Journey, too, tries out the camera occasionally. What Journey really wants, though, is to be able to piece together the torn up fragments of pictures he found in a box. He feels that they will be the missing pieces of the memories he does not have. When the cat he and Cat adopt gives birth in the box, the pictures are ruined, but Grandpa has a surprise. He has set up a darkroom in the barn, and there he is reprinting the pictures that were in the box. Journey finally has the pictures of his family that he wants, and he realizes that some of the memories he thought were of his parents are actually of his grandparents, who have been his real family all along.
(Linda Wolfgram,, Middle/High School Media Specialist, Benton Community Schools, Van Horne, IA)
SUBJECTS:     Mother and child -- Fiction
                        Grandparents -- Fiction


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