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Children's Nonfiction Emigration & Immigration

Where Will I Live?

by (author) Rosemary McCarney

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
Emigration & Immigration, Africa, Homelessness & Poverty, Middle East
Recommended Age
5 to 9
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price

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Every child needs a home. Children need somewhere safe where they can be happy, eat their meals with their family, play with their toys, and go to sleep at night feeling unafraid. But many children all over the world have had to leave their homes because they are no longer safe. Because of war and conflict, they and their families have become refugees. For them life is hard and full of questions. In spite of everything, they find time to laugh, play, and make friends. And most importantly, they have hope that somewhere, someone will welcome them to a new home.

About the author


Rosemary McCarney est la présidente et la directrice générale de Plan Canada, l'une des organisations internationales de développement les plus importantes au Canada. Après avoir travaillé pour la Banque mondiale, l'Agence canadienne de développement international, l'ONU et Street Kids International, Rosemary a entamé son rôle à Plan Canada où elle a mené les campagnes pour la Journée internationale de la fille et Parce que je suis une fille. Elle habite à Toronto avec sa famille.


Rosemary McCarney is president and CEO of Toronto-based Plan Canada, one of the largest international development agencies in Canada. After working with organizations like the World Bank, Canadian International Development Agency, the UN, and Street Kids International, she moved to Plan Canada, where she led the initiative for the International Day of the Girl and spearheads the Because I am a Girl campaign. Rosemary lives in Toronto with her family.


Rosemary McCarney's profile page


  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards, The Shining Willow Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens - Fall 2017

Editorial Reviews

A poignant photojournalistic look at the issues confronting refugee children and their families... The true power of the book lies in its ability to spark classroom conversations, highlighting the need for cultural awareness and compassion.

School Library Journal

Ending with the encouraging message that refugees are always looking for a smiling face and hoping to hear the words, “Welcome home!,” this book is a plea for charity and kindness for displaced people everywhere.

Catholic Library World

Where Will I Live will help children appreciate the stability they have in their own lives and raise their cultural awareness of the plight of children worldwide. It addresses tough issues and belongs in every school library.

Children's Books Heal

Moving, heart-wrenching, and timely, Where Will I Live? will spark much thought and conversation.

National Reading Campaign

This is a very moving book which could be used at any level to promote compassion and action on behalf of the many refugee children who are displaced and wandering the globe.

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... the ultimate message, “I hope someone smiles and says ‘Welcome home.’ I hope that someone is you,” should encourage little ones to view these children with compassion, and that is valuable.


From beginning to end, Rosemary McCarney offers a message about the resiliency of children to endure their struggles and make temporary abodes wherever and whenever necessary until they can find a forever home, thus making Where Will I Live? a telling story that goes beyond loss and into the realm of hope.

CanLit for Little Canadians

Important and timely, Where Will I Live? focuses on the plight of displaced children from around the world... Books like Where Will I Live? that can prompt discussions at home with our children of the many varied countries, cultures, and peoples will hopefully lead to better and more empathetic relationships as well as a desire to help make these families feel comfortable and welcome in their new home. Highly recommended.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

A glimpse into the lives of child refugees as well as the resilience and endurance they exhibit in many forms.

Kirkus Reviews

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