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When Stars Are Scattered

Written by Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson & illustrated by Iman Geddy and Victoria Jamieson
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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.

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Book Topics › refugees
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Who Wrote When Stars Are Scattered

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Victoria Jamieson

Victoria Jamieson received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. She worked as a children’s book designer before moving to Portland and becoming a freelance illustrator. She has also worked as a portrait artist aboard a cruise ship, and has lived in Australia, Italy, and Canada. She maintains a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, skater with the Rose City Rollers roller derby league.

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Who Illustrated When Stars Are Scattered

Iman Geddy
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Victoria Jamieson's Book Dedication

For Herminio and Oscar, my world

Omar Mohamed's Book Dedication

For the international staff who leave their loved ones behind and work to help others

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Book Details

Publication Date:
April 14, 2020
Text Details:
Text set in Roller Girl Bold and Avenir
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