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When Stars Are Scattered
When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed
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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 little brother, Hassan, arrived in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya, seven years ago. Their father was killed the day they left home, and they haven't seen their mother since they joined their neighbors who were fleeing to Dadaab. Now Omar is eleven and Hassan is nine, and Omar has quit school to look after his brother, who has an intellectual disability. When Omar is given the opportunity to return to school and carve out a future for himself and Hassan, he feels torn. He loves school and could have the opportunity to earn a coveted scholarship to a North American university--and with it a visa for himself and Hassan. But is it worth the risk and heartache of leaving his vulnerable brother for hours each day? Told in Victoria Jamieson's engaging and accessible graphic-novel style and based on Omar Mohamed's gripping true story, this book is an intimate, important look at day-to-day life in a refugee camp.
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This is just a yes. Omar Mohamed first arrived in the US in my adopted hometown & graduated from the university where I work. Anyway, no book blurb will do this book justice. Must read & experience.

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jdowney
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In a refugee camp, everything can change…and nothing can change. I‘m still here, so that hasn‘t changed.

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jdowney
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My fourth graders watched a book trailer for this and were instantly intrigued. Many of them have read it already and are sharing the book with each other.

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jdowney
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A story of two brothers who were separated from their mother during the war in Somalia. They are living in a refugee camp. The novel goes through their time in the refugee camp as they grow and have to make decisions.

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Rachiiebookdragon
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Smrloomis
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Amazing. Just amazing.

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My progress on #ReadingAfrica2022: four countries, with post-apcocalyptic novel, a murder mystery, a kids' book, and a bail.

Librarybelle Great progress! And, a nice variety! 10mo
BarbaraBB Doing good!!! 10mo
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This was really thoughtful and well written: I appreciated that the audio was done using different voices which really made it come to life. The true story of young Omar Mohamed, who shares a bit at the end, caring for his disabled younger brother and seeking freedom from a refugee camp in Kenya after fleeing war-torn Somalia.
#Booked2022 #Weather
#ReadingAfrica2022 #Somalia

Librarybelle That is so cool about the audio! I agree that it makes the book come alive. @BarbaraBB - another great choice for Somalia! 12mo
BarbaraBB Sounds very good indeed! 12mo
Cinfhen Fantastic choice!! Might use this for #Somalia 🤩 12mo
Singout Yes, it could technically apply to either Somalia or Kenya. 12mo
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“For me, the first years are lost.”
#FirstLineFridays

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TamTracy
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Read this with my son. Amazing graphic novel. Really pulls you in and puts thing into perspective. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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2 hours 12 minutes for 264 pages read. #24hourreadathon

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GirlNamedJesse
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While ultimately hopeful, I feel like I‘ve been through the wringer.

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AvidReader25
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I read this graphic novel in audio form after I saw it recommended because of the excellent full-cast recording. The book is the true story of 2 Somalian boys who lived in a Kenyan refugee camp for years. Omar, the eldest, feels responsible for his young, mute brother. They live w/their foster mother, struggle to go to school, get an interview w/the UN to be placed in a new country & to find peace when the world is completely out of their control.

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Oh my heart! Please go read this so I‘m not the only one crying while reading a graphic novel. This one was SO good.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Have placed a reserve on it! I can‘t go past graphic novel recommendations ☺️ 2y
gibblr @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Yay! I‘d love to hear what you think. And be sure to read the authors‘ notes at the end. I also just read another one called Snapdragon, which I loved as well...just in case you want to add that to your list! 😊 2y
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On my summer schedule of about 24-30 hours per week total for my two grad classes. That means, LOTS OF 10 minute reading breaks!! Today I got a Novel in verse book finished during lunch break, and two graphic novels done ✅ this one is a powerful biography of the realities of being a refugee.

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Fantastic graphic novel about a young Somali boy growing up with his brother in a refugee camp. It‘s poignant, heartfelt, hopeful, crushing, and beautifully illustrated and written. I enthusiastically recommend it for adults and younger. Definitely read the real paper copy; the ebook version doesn‘t do the vivid colors justice. I am excited to gift this book to my nephew, who loves reading graphic novels.

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I have been slow to embrace graphic novels but this was wonderful. The narrative was reasonably simple but through the graphics the repetition, the boredom and the sheer vastness of the refugee camp came to life. Perfect for engaging middle grade readers. Interesting to end at the point the brothers headed to the US, before they were reunited with their mother.
I bought this for Polly, who loved it, but am pleased I read it also.

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This children‘s graphic novel book is excellent! It‘s the true story of Omar, who lives pretty much his whole childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya. Omar was born in Somalia and has been raising his younger, non-verbal brother on his own with the help from an older refugee woman.

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Thank you SO MUCH @Beatlefan129 !!! I‘m so excited to own this amazing book and YUM, these treats look delectable!! 😍🎉💖Happy Valentine‘s Day!! @candority #bookcupidswap

candority That card is so cute! Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💘 2y
Beatlefan129 I‘m so glad you like it Happy Valentine‘s Day 💕 2y
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#WeNeedDiverseBooks announces award-winning books: https://apple.news/AekeK-ZElT3qtlxFJCGQryA

So many good books!

Lovesbooks87 When Stars Are Scattered had me in tears! 2y
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Omar and Hassan fled Somalia as very young boys. Separated from their mother, and knowing their father was dead, the boys arrived barely alive to the refugee camp Dadaab in Kenya.

Together Jamieson and Mohamed paint a picture of what life was like growing up in community, but without parents. Constantly in a space of waiting, but not giving up hope.

There are 71 million displaced people, and this is a story we need.

#graphicnovelmemoir

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Thank you @LiteraryinLititz for sharing this beautiful & important graphic novel! It chronicles the childhood & young adulthood of the author, who grew up with his brother in a refugee camp in Kenya. He‘s such an inspiration & I‘m excited to check out his nonprofit!Lately I‘ve felt a lot of “woe is me” and this just put things into such stark perspective. Jamieson‘s artwork is evocative and really seems to honor Omar‘s journey. HIGHLY recommend!✨

LiteraryinLawrence I‘m so glad you connected with it too! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm This is a great read! 👍 2y
Kempii Would it be worth reading on the Kindle given that it is a graphic novel or should I wait until library pickup becomes possible? 2y
BennettBookworm @Kempii great question! I‘m not too knowledgeable about the e-reader experience so not sure! But in whatever form, I hope you love it! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence @BennettBookworm My experience with other graphic novels is that the experience is diminished when I read them on an ereader. But others may have a different opinion! I‘d wait to get a hard copy. @Kempii 2y
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Thanks for the tag, @EadieB 🌸

Most recently the tagged book. Also some of John Boyne and Michael Morpurgo books.

Please consider yourself tagged!

#FridayFeelings @Cuilin

Cuilin It‘s Michael Mopurgo for me too. Thanks for playing. 2y
EadieB @erzascarletbookgasm You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 2y
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Amazing graphic novel about 2 Brothers living in a refugee camp in Africa. #middlegrade #graphicnovel

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This is, hands down, the best graphic novel I‘ve read this year. Having worked in refugee resettlement, I read a lot of books both by and about refugees. This one, written by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed, is a true story about Omar‘s experience growing up a Somali refugee in a Kenyan refugee camp.

Most people don‘t realize refugees can spend years, even decades, living in refugee camps. It also tackles a bunch of social issues. A MUST READ.

alisiakae Another book complete for #NFN2020 #NonfictionNovember 2y
Clwojick Stacking!!!! 2y
ShelleyBooksie Stacking to read with my kiddo 2y
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I think this is the first time I cried reading a graphic novel. Inspired by the true story of Somali Omar Mohamed‘s life growing up as a refugee in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya, this is a powerful and enlightening read that gives us a glimpse of what it‘s like living in a refugee camp. The artwork is affecting and it‘s a wonderful read.. a story of survival and staying hopeful.

Kalalalatja Oh, this sounds great! 2y
mrp27 This was so good, loved it and when I first read I had no idea it was non fiction until the end notes. 2y
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The graphic novel format is perfect for the telling of this powerful and important story of a refugee from Somalia. It brings a much needed intimacy and compassion to the crisis faced by many.

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On the nominee list for the 2020 National Book Awards. Jamieson teamed up with Somali refugee Omar Mohamed to tell the story of his life growing up in a refugee camp in Kenya. Donate to Omar's charity: RefugeeStrong.org

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LiteraryinLawrence
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I love Victoria Jamieson‘s storytelling, and in this graphic novel her material came from the life of her co-author, who fled from Somalia at age 4 and spent many years with his brother in a refugee camp in Kenya. It‘s an important story to be told and the format is accessible for young adults and adult-adults. I learned from my bookseller that Omar now lives in our town, coincidentally, so that made this book relevant to me in an unexpected way.

BekaReid That's pretty cool. I'm going to have to check this out. 2y
LiteraryinLawrence @BekaReid I know! I wonder if he‘ll do book talks at the local schools once the pandemic is over. 2y
mrp27 This was so good! Glad I read it and knowing it's based on a real person makes the impact stronger. 2y
BekaReid @LiteraryinLititz That would be awesome! 2y
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This was just a wonderful graphic memoir regarding Omar and his younger brother Hassan growing up in refugee camp in Kenya. He finds hope in school and possibility in resettlement, and struggles with the memory of his family‘s farm in Somalia and never knowing what happened to his mother. Excellent. #bbrc #middlegrade #characterwithadisability #thoughmaybeshouldvedonenonfictionforthis

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I think we can all relate to this feeling.

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Every school library should own this book! I recommend for 4th grade & up. The powerful story is based on Mohamed‘s real-life childhood growing up in a refugee camp. It tackles some seriously tough topics but the graphic novel format makes it more approachable. Reading & discussing as a class is optimal to help students understand the subject. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Oh my heart. With tears in my eyes I finished this powerful graphic novel about Omar and his younger brother Hassan who are living in a refugee camp in Kenya. Based on Omar and Hassan lifein the camp it talks about the struggles that they forced and even when it got really bad they still loved each other and never gave up hope that they would one day find their mom. I am so glad that all their dreams were able to come true! I give this book 5 ⭐️‘s

Lovesbooks87 #24b4monday current time: 12 Hours and 13 Minutes. 3y
Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🙌 3y
Lovesbooks87 #bbrc middle grade made easy: non-fiction graphic novel @LibrarianRyan @Sarahreadstoomuch 3y
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LibrarianRyan ❤️❤️👍🏻 3y
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"Even though [school is] loud, and crowded, and hot . . . I love it. It's like . . . my brain was starving, and now it's getting the food it needs" (52).⠀

When Stars Are Scattered is a middle-grade graphic novel detailing the young life of Omar Mohamed. Mohamed escaped from violence in Somalia to a refugee camp in Kenya with his younger brother Hassan. ⬇️

UnabridgedPod Separated from their parents, Mohamed and Hassan are fortunate to find an amazing foster mother, Fatuma, in the camp. We watch the boys grow from elementary age to adulthood, hoping always for something to change but sentenced to the "waiting room" of the refugee camp. Hassan suffers from seizures and has developmental disabilities--he says only one word, "Hooyo." ⬇️ 3y
UnabridgedPod Omar is hungry to change his life and pursues education with great passion, determined to seek a better life for his small family. The authors do an amazing job showing us the price that Omar pays to go to school each day, but also the reasons he fights so hard to continue learning.⠀

Victoria Jamieson, the author of Roller Girl and All's Faire in Middle School, shares Omar's story with tenderness and beauty, ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod highlighting the challenges and strengths of the boys' lives together. While the book takes on some incredibly tough moments, it is tailored well for its middle-grade audience. I cannot wait for my boys (now 10 and 13) to read it.⠀

Can you recommend any powerful stories told by refugees that share their experience? If not, what are you reading today?
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Oh my heart ❤️ This is a beautifully done graphic novel that tells Omar‘s story of growing up in a refugee camp in Kenya. Victoria did a wonderful job of turning his story into a graphic novel. It‘s both heartbreaking and hopeful.

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I loved both Roller Girl and All‘s Faire in Middle School so I‘m excited to read this.

LiteraryinLawrence I will be really curious to hear what you think. I looooove both of Jamieson‘s graphic novels, but I‘m wondering how the team handles this topic. 3y
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Dang. This is one heck of a book. Strong storytelling, full of truth, compassion, and entirely relatable. Due out in April and definitely worth your time.