When Stars Are Scattered

When Stars Are Scattered

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Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.

Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future . . . but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day.

Heartbreak, hope, and gentle humor exist together in this graphic novel about a childhood spent waiting, and a young man who is able to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult of settings. It's an intimate, important, unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee, as told to New York Times Bestselling author/artist Victoria Jamieson by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story.

Title:When Stars Are Scattered
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593162576
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    When Stars Are Scattered Reviews

  • Dave Schaafsma

    "We're all waiting in this camp. Waiting. Waiting for something better." Oh, what a difference to read a crucially important, necessary story when a talented storyteller tells it! Victoria Jamieson is...

  • Kate Olson

    PHENOMENAL ...

  • Kim Bongiorno

    I was in my daughter's middle school library when the librarian--who knows me all too well--pointed out that she just had a box of books delivered. Of course I dove in, and this was the first one I kn...

  • Krista Regester

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  • Christy

    4.5 starsWhen Stars Are Scattered is a stunning and emotional memoir by Omar Mohamed. It brought me to tears more than once and for a middle grade really packed a punch. Stories like this always make ...

  • Jessaka

    It’s the full packagethat I loved, but in the end, it is the storyof two boys living in a refugee campsomewhere in Kenya,having fled the war in Somalia.It is not just a book that talksbut one that p...

  • Abby Johnson

    Oh my heart. This book. This is a must-read. Omar Muhammed's graphic novel memoir (written with powerhouse graphic novel author Victoria Jamieson) presents his story of fleeing war-torn Somalia and ar...

  • Shaye Miller

    I would easily name this book one of the most important books I’ve read in 2020 to encourage understanding and empathy. This story is autobiographical, friends. Co-author Omar Mohamed is the Somali ...

  • Tatiana

    3.5 starsAs an adult reader of a clearly children's book, I understandably wanted much more from this story of an orphaned Somali boy living for over a decade at a refugee camp. However, I do hope thi...

  • Krista

    What a beautiful graphic memoir. Omar tells his story of growing up in a refugee camp in Kenya. This book deals beautifully with quite a few difficult situations - loss of parents, a brother with a hu...