Hi Everyone! It’s Becky, again. I have been hearing about When Stars Are Scattered for months and I finally got a chance to read it! This graphic novel is getting a lot of Newbery buzz and it is definitely worth reading.
Title: When Stars are Scattered
Author: Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
Summary: Brothers, Omar and Hassan, are refugees from Somalia who have spent most of their lives in a refugee camp in Kenya. Omar dreams of building a better life for his brother and strives to stay in school and get an education to be prepared if/when the boys are relocated by the UN.
Review: I always find it difficult to discuss memoirs because they are such personal stories. In this book, Mohamed and Jamieson carefully craft a narrative about life in refugee camps for children. The book gently introduces ideas of the war and it’s impact on children through it’s illustrations and simple text. The book is educational but also inspirational. The authors focused on Omar and his love for his brother who he has promised to protect. Their relationship is heartfelt and slightly heartbreaking as Omar makes sacrifices to try to give Hassan a better life. It is this story that makes the graphic novel shine. Jamieson and Mohamed focused on the personal aspect of the story and the familial love between the brothers which turned a memoir about being a child refugee into a beautiful story about family. It is the people which make this book an honest portrayal of life’s dark moments and their stories which make this book worth reading.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5