Bound To Stay Bound

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 When stars are scattered
 Author: Jamieson, Victoria

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2020)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 256 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 650666 ISBN: 9780525553915
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Mohamed, Omar -- (Social worker) -- Childhood and youth -- Fiction
 Refugees -- Somalia -- Fiction
 Refugees -- United States -- Fiction
 Refugee camps -- Kenya -- Fiction
 Brothers -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $18.58

Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother in this intimate and touching portrayal of family and daily life in a refugee camp. In graphic novel format.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 508950
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 78046

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/15/20)
   School Library Journal (+) (02/01/20)
   Booklist (+) (03/15/20)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/03/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2020 Gr 4–8—Perennial comic book favorite Jamieson teams up with Mohamed, a Somalian refugee, to tell a heartbreaking story inspired by Mohamed's life. Cared for by kind Fatuma, an older woman who also lost her family, Omar and his little brother Hassan have lived in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya since they were small, when their father was killed and they were separated from their mother while fleeing civil war. Though Omar loves looking after Hassan, who is mostly nonverbal, life in the camp, where "it felt like all you ever did was wait," is stultifying and grindingly difficult. When Omar has the opportunity to attend school, he and his friends realize that they can increase their families' painfully slim chances at being chosen for resettlement. Heavier on text compared with Jamieson's usual fare, this title still features the expressive, gentle style of Roller Girl or All's Faire in Middle School—the language of cartoons makes the subject matter accessible to a middle grade audience. Indeed, the authors highlight moments of levity and sweetness as the children and their families do their best to carve out meaningful lives in the bleakest of circumstances. An afterword and author's notes go into greater detail about Mohamed's life, how the two met and decided to collaborate, which elements of the story are fictitious, and how to help other refugees. VERDICT With this sensitive and poignant tale, Jamieson and Mohamed express the power of the human spirit to perverse.—Darla Salva Cruz, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/15/2020 *Starred Review* Omar Mohamed was a child when soldiers attacked his village in Somalia. Separated from his parents, he and his younger brother, Hassan, eventually made their way to Dadaab, a crowded refugee camp in Kenya where he now spends his days scrambling for food and taking care of Hassan, who is nonverbal and suffers from debilitating seizures. A chance to attend school is a dream come true, but the opportunity weighs heavily on Omar; school is a selfish choice when you have no parents and a brother who needs constant looking after. Debut author Mohamed shares his absorbing story with absolute honesty, laying bare every aspect of his life’s many challenges; even after surviving unimaginable circumstances, he remains compassionate—to others as well as himself. While Mohamed’s story is riveting in its own right, the illustrations bring warmth and depth to the tale. Drawing with evident empathy and deep respect, Jamieson captures the many significant moments in Mohamed’s life with charming detail. Wonderfully expressive figures convey complex and conflicted emotions, and the rich colors imbue the story with life. Mohamed’s experience is unfortunately not unique, but it is told with grace, humility, and forgiveness. This beautiful memoir is not to be missed. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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