When Stars Are Scattered

When Stars Are Scattered

Graphic Novel - 2020
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"Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother in this intimate and touching portrayal of family and daily life in a refugee camp"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525553915
Characteristics: 256 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 22 cm


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Mar 28, 2021

Omar and Hassan are young orphan child refugees fleeing the deadly wars in Somalia. These two kids live alone in Dadaab, a huge refugee camp in Kenya. Life in the camp is dull, and Omar spends most of his time securing food and caring for his younger brother, Hassan, who has special needs. One day Omar's life changes when he is given a pencil and an invitation to join the refugee camp school's fifth grade class.

Mar 27, 2021

This text is a touching story about two brothers, Omar and Hassan, who had to live in a refugee camp in Kenya to escape from a war. The introduction to the story did a good job of introducing the characters and setting, and what was currently happening in their lives. An example of this is that you learn what Omar and Hassan are like, where they are, and why they're there in the refugee camp very early on in the book. The pace of the plot shows the very important events, such as when Omar is selected to go to school and when he and his brother are accepted to be relocated to America. Overall, I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to someone looking for a nonfiction, touching graphic novel.

PimaLib_AnnieW Mar 08, 2021

Really, really good graphic novel about the a child's experience in a refugee camp. I will definitely be recommending this to library patrons.

STPLKidsCauseway Jan 07, 2021

When Stars are Scattered is a beautifully told story about an orphaned boy in a refugee camp who must take care of his non-verbal little brother, learn English, and study hard in order to make a life for the family he has left. This graphic novel not only shows diversity in culture but in those with disabilities as well. It depicts the hard life of children in refugee camps but uplifts the reader by teaching them to never give up on their dreams.

Jan 04, 2021

Be like a star. Shine your light. Shine your story.
(From 'A Poem of Stars' by Maryam Farah)

Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed have given us a gift by sharing his story of growing up in a Kenyan refugee camp. The scope and breadth of the camps is so much bigger than we can imagine. Graphics like the celebration of Eid show us the immense numbers that occupy these camps. Omar and his disabled brother Hassan sleep in the dirt for years. They wait and wait for those coveted interview opportunities. It is heartbreaking to read about the wait for water, the 'empty days,' the crowded school rooms, playing with plastic bags for balls and swings, a game making bricks out of mud. . . We are so blessed and unaware of what is happening in the world until we read stories like these. May we search for opportunities to be a blessing to immigrants like Omar.

Hillsboro_RobP Dec 16, 2020

You can probably guess the general details of this book before you even read it, but that doesn't diminish Omar's amazing story in the slightest. Jamieson does justice to the emotional roller-coaster of Omar's life, and the book will pull you in every direction before it closes. Eye-opening, personal, and approachable for young readers. This is an important book.

Oct 31, 2020

Excellent graphic novel about life as a refugee. Read it. You will be glad you did.

Oct 15, 2020

Let me start by saying, When the Stars Are Scattered is insanely good. We meet brothers Omar and Hassan living the endless grind that is life in a refugee camp in Dadeb, a Kenyan refugee camp. Omar spends his days in chores, caring for his disabled brother, and the occasional game of soccer, while missing his mother and dreaming of returning to Ethiopia. Small events like being pushed towards attending school, his friend's refugee status interview, and meeting a social worker cause ripples that have huge impacts on Hassan and Omar's future. Everything is waiting, and hoping, and trying not to hope too much, while finding things to live for. Omar tries to prepare for a life after refugee camp while he sees how easily dreams can be whisked away. Omar is acutely aware he has more control over his future than his female friends do.

This book is full of feeling. Watching Omar build his found family with his foster mother in the camp, and both long to leave and be consumed by jealousy as other peoples' refugee cases proceed gives a just an idea of how difficult it is to be so powerless, and how empowering it can be to have something to work towards. This book reminds me a little of A Long Walk to Water, and is a must-read for kids and adults. I am so excited for students who have experience as refugees to be able to see themselves in this book!

Sep 10, 2020

An amazing true survival story of two boys who grow up in a huge refugee camp in Kenya, after their father is killed and their mother disappears in Somalia. The best graphic novel I’ve ever read - couldn’t put it down- and a probable Newbery Award contender!

FPL_LaurenH Sep 01, 2020

Omar and his brother Hassan are orphans living in a Kenyan refugee camp. They long to be relocated to the United States. When Omar begins attending school, he thinks it will finally be their turn, but leaving the camp proves harder than they though. From beginning to end, this book will tug at your heartstrings. Fans of Refugee by Alan Gratz will be captivated by this story.

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