When Stars Are Scattered

When Stars Are Scattered

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
ISBN:9780593162576
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    When Stars Are Scattered Reviews

  • mindful.librarian ??

    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...

  • 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...

  • Skip

    This is the true story of Somalian refugee Omar Mohamed, who fled to Dadaab, a massive Kenyan refugee camp at age 4, with his little brother when his father was killed, and they are separated from the...

  • Scottsdale Public Library

    This is one of those books that will stick with you for a long time and make you truly think about what is important in life. What these people have been and are going through is unbelievable, yet it ...

  • 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 ...

  • Toni Rose Deanon

    THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. READ IT. MUST READ IT. OHEMGEE. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. ...

  • M.  [storme reads a lot]

    This was so good. I could not put it down, and it was interesting to see the perspective of a Somali refugee. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys graphic novels and want to expand their world view!...

  • Rod Brown

    Victoria Jamieson dramatizes (and fictionalizes) the story of co-author Omar Mohamed, a Somalian boy who spent most of his childhood without his parents in a refugee camp in Kenya with his brother, a ...

  • Ms. B

    I was in no hurry to finish this graphic novel about Somali brothers Omar and Hassan who grow up in a Kenyan refugee camp. If the 2021 Newbery committee is looking for a second graphic novel to reward...