When Stars are Scattered

Suggested age 8 +


Author: Omar Mohamed
Illustrator: Victoria Jamieson
ISBN: 9780571363858
Date Published: 2 July 2020

A heart-wrenching true story about life in a Kenyan refugee camp that will restore your faith in real-life happy endings.

Omar and his brother Hassan, two Somali boys, have spent a long time in the Dadaab refugee camp. Separated from their mother, they are looked after by a friendly stranger. Life in the camp isn’t always easy. The hunger is constant . . . but there’s football to look forward to, and now there’s a chance Omar will get to go to school . . .

With a heart-wrenching fairytale ending, this incredible true story is brought to life by Victoria’s stunning illustrations. This book perfectly depicts life in a refugee camp for 8-12 year olds.

‘Fantastic graphic novel.’ The New York Times Book Review

‘Sensitive and poignant.’ School Library Journal

‘Not to be missed.’ Booklist

Faber and Faber

Dimensions14 × 2 × 21 cm

Faber & Faber


Age 7 – 9, Age 9 – 12, Age 12 – 14




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