Patricia MacLachlan

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Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

  1. What are some of the ways that Journey shows his anger how his mother leaving?
  2. How did Journey get his name? Does it fit him?
  3. How does Cat handle her mother's leaving?
  4. Why do you think their mother left?
  5. Grandfather says, "Maybe that is why people takes pictures. To see what is there" (pg. 19). Why do you think people take pictures?
  6. Why do you think Bloom comes into their lives? What part does the cat play in this story?
  7. Read out loud the dream on page 77. What do you think this means?
  8. Read the opening quotes of the book out loud. Why do you think the author used these?
  9. How is Journey able to heal by the end of the book?
  10. Compare the hardcover and paperback copies of this book. Which do you prefer and why?


Bring in a favorite family photo and share what you think it says about your family. Put together a photo essay of your family, using a camera you own, one you borrow, or buy a disposable.

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