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When Stars Are Scattered

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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
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Hardcover, 264 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Dial Books
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Mary Lee
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Read the ARC in the car on the way home from NCTE so I could pass it to a friend on Monday morning.)

This book helped me to better understand the refugee camp experience that some of our students come to us with. It's incredible that Omar and his brother survived, and that Omar thrived FIFTEEN YEARS in the camp. For a graphic novel, this is a very text-heavy book, but I hope as I challenge my graphic novel readers to push themselves beyond their favorites/re-reads, they will tackle this
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Kristin Crouch
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the publisher for sharing an ARC with Collaboookation.
This book is amazing. The graphic novel format is the perfect way to share this story in all its complexity. Omar has lived in a Kenyan refugee camp with his little brother for almost as long as they can remember - ever since his father was killed and his mom told them to run, that she'd catch up with him. This book illustrates how redundant and boring life in a refugee camp can be; it's a place meant for waiting. But it's also
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Melanie Dulaney
Thanks for the dARC, Edelweiss. I am sorry that it was only part of this upcoming release, but it was plenty to know that this is not Victoria Jamieson’s usual graphic novel. Her Pets on the Loose were goofy fun with little real thinking involved in reading them. Roller Girl and All’s Faire in Middle School were excellent choices for middle school students who want to read books that reflect what they deal with every day. But When Stars are Scattered tackles a much more serious life situation— ...more
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