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Ghost's Journey: A Refugee Story

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When life in Indonesia becomes too dangerous, Ghost and her two dads are forced to leave their home and escape to freedom in Canada. Ghost's Journey is inspired by the true story of two gay refugees, Rainer and Eka, and their cat Ghost, with the illustrations created from Rainer's photographs.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 15th 2019 by Rebel Mountain Press
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Brooklyn Cribdon (The Wild Library)
I love this author! The language used in the story is very accessible for the audience and, although heartbreaking and emotional, the accessible language still conveys a great amount of love and triumph. The actual artwork/illustrations are quite beautiful as well, but the design of the book doesnt match these other high standards. I dont like how the illustrations were often put in square boxes (the artwork is much more fluid and doesnt work with the rigid lines of the box) and I wish that the ...more
Cheriee Weichel
I read this to students from grades 1 to 6. It was a hit for all of them. Some appreciated it more than others, but none of these groups felt the book was not appropriate for them.
This third person narrative is told from the perspective of Ghost, a white cat who lives with two gay men. (The book calls them dads.) They live in Java where queer people are persecuted. Ghost does her best to comfort and guard them. After begin forced to move numerous times, the men end up fleeing to Canada. It's
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heard on CBC The Next Chapter that this book was listed as one of the top 8 recommended books for young readers for holiday season, so I picked it up as a last-minute gift. I ended up keeping Ghosts Journey! The illustrations are bright and eye catching and I loved the story. I had no idea of the struggles that LGBT people had in Indonesia and am impressed of how Robin Stevenson does an amazing job sharing the story of refugees, Rainer and Eka, and the main character of the book the cat, Ghost. ...more
Chantal Hughes
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story of the two LBGT men escaping Indonesia is told through the eyes of their cat. Robin Stevenson story telling is superb. She takes on a serious subject but tells it in gentle manner. My 7 year old niece loved the story. She told all her friends that it was the BEST BOOK, had the most beautiful cat pictures and had a happy ending! (You will have to read it to find out what happened) Tonight I even found my niece sitting on her bed reading Ghost's Journey to her two younger brothers.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ghost's Journey is a lovely twist on relating the plight of LGBTQ in Indonesia. Told by a furry friend with simplicity and warmth, about his journey along with his two-legged friends, on reaching the safety of Canada. The illustrations are unique and engaging. Great inspirational book.
Read Harder Challenge #19.
Ghost tells the tale of her fathers's flight from Java.
Molly Shaw
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picked up this book after reading the excellent review on Kirkus. My grand daughter loved it and always asks me to read it to her. I am glad that Ghost's Journey shines a light on difficulties that LGBT people are experiencing all the world. It is so effective that Robin Stevenson tell the story from the point of view of the cat, Ghost. Stevenson writing is superb and the cat's responses are realistic which reminds us that this is a true story. The information on Rainbow Refugees at the end of ...more
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Robin Stevenson is an award winning Canadian author of more than 25 books for teens and children. Her book PRIDE: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY was a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book, and she has won or been a finalist for numerous other awards. Her other books include a board book called PRIDE COLORS, a picture book called GHOST'S JOURNEY, middle-grade non-fiction (KID ACTIVISTS) and fiction ...more

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