Written by Victoria Jamieson
and Omar Mohamed
Illustrated by Iman Geddy
Published by Dial Books
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 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 Bestselling author/artist Victoria Jamieson by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story.
Primary ISBN: 9780525553915
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback., Audiobook
Graphic Novel, Age 09 or older
Community Represented: Somali/Somali American
Themes: Award Winner, Discrimination: Abilities, Education & Literacy, Engagement Tool: Video, Family Relationship: Siblings, Family Separation: On Journey, Immigrant: Education, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee Camp, Refugee: War/Conflict, Religious Background: Muslim
Setting: Kenya (Dadaab Refugee Camp)
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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