Review by Ellen K.
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed tells the story of Omar and his brother Hassan, two Somali boys growing up in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Their father is dead and they are separated from their mother and don’t know her location, though they hang onto the belief that she is alive and they will be reunited with her. This graphic novel is largely based on Omar Mohamed’s own life, his memory of his time in Dadaab. It is appropriate for middle grades on up, including adults.
I really enjoyed this for the picture it gives of what it’s like to live in a refugee camp, and for the very human story it tells. We see the conditions they live in, how little they have. We see conflicts, and, much more, we see people caring for each other. The artwork is beautiful and really helps to tell the story.