When Stars Are Scattered Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
An Odyssey Honor audiobook and National Book Award Finalist, this remarkable graphic novel - adapted for audio - is about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a former Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.
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 knows his 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, the only family member he has left, every day.
Heartbreak, hope, and gentle humor exist together in this graphic novel - now adapted for audio - 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 best-selling author/artist Victoria Jamieson by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story. This audiobook is performed by a full cast and includes music and special effects.
Cast of Narrators:
Faysal Ahmed as Omar
Barkhad Abdi as Jeri
Robin Miles as Fatuma
Ifrah Mansour as Nimo and Munira
Bahni Turpin as Maryam and Ladan
Hakeemshady Mohamed as Tall Salan
Sadeeq Ali as Tall Ali
Dominic Hoffman as Michael
Christine Avila as Susana Martinez
JD Jackson as Hassan and Jeri’s Dad
Filsan Said as Nimo’s Mom, Sadiya, and Little Nimo
Dion Graham as David
Samba Schutte as Abdikarim and The Man who Finds Hassan
Hana Robleh as Mama
Abdi Iftin as Abdikarim’s Dad and Salat
Susan Duerden as The Reporter
and Steve West as The Cameraman
with Omar Mohamed reading his Author's Note
and Victoria Jamieson reading her Author's Note
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 42 minutes|
|Author||Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed|
|Narrator||Omar Mohamed, full cast, Dominic Hoffman, Christine Avila, JD Jackson, Robin Miles, Ifrah Mansour, Bahni Turpin, Hakeemshady Mohamed, Sadeeq Ali|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 14, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #31,386 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#30 in Geography & Cultures for Children
#66 in Children's Africa Books
#219 in Children's Fiction on Social Situations
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This graphic novel tells a very important story most of us don't know. The only reason why I'm not giving it five stars is that it's overly long. I skipped about 50 pages in the middle and don't feel I missed a thing. Not much happens until the last 100 or so pages, but everything from chapter 10 onward is so powerful. Much of the story before that point involves waiting--for years--for something to happen, so I can understand why it unfolds this way. I just don't feel it's necessary.
Anyway, I was glad to see things worked out for Omar and Hassan at the end, and I love how devoted Omar was to his little brother, despite all their hardships. I'm glad they finally made it out of the refugee camps after years of waiting, but sad that so many children never get that opportunity.
Omar and his brother have been living in a refugee camp in Kenya for seven years when our book opens. Along with thousands of others, they’ve fled Somalia when war broke out in their country. The details surrounding how they ended up in the camp come later in the book, and I am not going to spoil them for you. They’re cared for by Fatuma, who is a sort of foster mom for them, and Omar does a lot of the work that needs to be done to keep the three of them alive.
One of the most memorable things for me from early in the book was the fact that they didn’t have something as simple as a real soccer ball. Instead the children in the camp gathered up plastic bags and fashioned them into a ball like shape so they would have something to play with.
We get to see and experience Omar’s reservations about deciding to attend school rather than take care of his brother. Making the decision was hard for Omar and anyone who has had to make a difficult decision and weigh the potential pros and cons of a situation will be able to appreciate his struggle.
Omar has to fight against so many things at such a young age and while being responsible for his brother. It’s inspiring to anyone who feels like just getting through the day is difficult. It’s such a great book for anyone who needs a reminder that they’re not alone in their struggle to find a reason to move forward, to reach for something that might be just out of reach, or to hope for a better future.
Top reviews from other countries
This book opened my eyes to something I knew nothing about and it was so well written - the graphic novel format made it really accessible. Highly highly recommended.
I also LOVE the idea of doing a comic strip design as it is easier to read and brings the emotion to real life, it also shows that this book is unique as not many books use this design.
What else could be better this story is a great book and it is based on a true story so so amazing. All i have to say is what an amazing book this book is!