When Stars are Scattered (2020)

Jamieson, Victoria and Mohamed, Omar

Amieson, Victoria and Geddy, Iman

Original language

Publishing house
Faber and Faber

2020 English

Awards or honours:

National Book Award finalist

14 x 21


ISBN: 978-0571363926

Available languages:
  • English
Available translation:

Synopsis: 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’s 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, his only family member remaining, 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 and went on to help so many other refugees. (8-12 yrs)