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Lisa's experiences at a refugee camp for children and her happier time staying with a Catholic family [in Journey to America] are vivid and poignant. This reads more like a documentary script than a novel, but it is a dramatic script, well-written and perceptive in describing the tensions and reactions of people in a situation of stress.
Zena Sutherland, "New Titles for Children and Young People: 'Journey to America'," in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (© 1971 by the University of Chicago; all rights reserved), Vol. 24, No. 6, February, 1971, p. 95.