When Stars Are Scattered

Author(s) Victoria Jamieson Omar Mohamed
Illustrator(s) Iman Geddy
Age Group 9-12
Publisher Dial Books
ISBN 978-0525553908
Year 2020
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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. When Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future. It would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day. This graphic novel tells the story of 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.

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