Have you seen this gem yet?
When Stars are Scattered, by Victoria Jamieson & #ownvoices Omar Mohamed depicts the struggles and hopefulness of life in an African refugee camp using Omar’s own life story.
The emotion and struggles that are expertly conveyed using kid-friendly language and bold, modern illustrations left me in awe. I was impressed how despite the hardships, disappointments, and struggles the characters faced, there was still such a strong sense of hope throughout the entire book. While reading this book I was forced to grapple with my own beliefs about education, fate, power of self, taking responsibility, people with disabilities, health, family, community, and gender roles all while reading a book written for middle grade readers. Oh, and the story is engaging as well. I can understand why this book is up for consideration for so many awards. It will have a permanent place in my home and classroom library.
When Stars are Scattered has also been added to my “Refugees” book list on the “Topical Book List” page, as well as to my Bookshop Shop on Bookshop.org, an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores by making a donation every time a book is purchased on their site.
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