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When Stars Are Scattered

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Uplifting graphic novel refugee tale inspires compassion.

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age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

A thoroughly enjoyable, important book to read

This book was thoroughly enjoyable, engaging, emotional and educational. We read Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson and my child loved it so much that I found another book by her. This was a graphic novel as well . The book was a great one to read together so we could talk about what was going on. There were a lot if questions and being a book about refugees there were a lot of times that the book was confronting but written in such a gentle way that it was educational and not too upsetting. I would love schools to study this book at a Grade 6, year 7 level. All I can say is wow. I an so glad I picked this up and I'm sad it's over. Well done Omar Mohamed. You are very impressive. Great book!!!!

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age 9+

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Educational value

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This is an engaging, compelling, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting graphic novel that will inspire and amaze readers of all ages. When Stars Are Scattered, based on co-author Omar Mohamed's memories of growing up in a refugee camp, puts a personal face on a crisis that affects millions around the world. He and co-author and illustrator Victoria Jamieson manage this moving story with simple, often elegant words and with lively pictures that use bright and beautiful colors. It's almost impossible not to admire Omar's spirit and appreciate the lessons he learns about family, faith, community, hope, and perseverance.

A flashback sequence when Omar tells how he and his brother lost their home and family, and about their long journey to the refugee camp, is scary and sad. Sadness from losing his parents is also mentioned a lot, so be prepared to help younger readers who connect to the story work through any fears that may come up. Everything has a safe resolution, and reading the Afterward and Author's Note will bring even more resolution to the story. The ending is poetic and bittersweet, so have a tissue handy.

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