Written by Omar Mohamed
and Victoria Jamieson
Illustrated by Victoria Jamieson, Iman Geddy (Color)
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: Audiobook, Award Winner, Discrimination: Abilities, Diverse Abilities: Neurological, Education & Literacy, Engagement Tool: Discussion, Engagement Tool: Video, Family Relationship: Siblings, Family Separation: On Journey, Graphic Novel, Immigrant: Education, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Recommended: "Cartography" Companion Reads, Refugee Camp, Refugee: War/Conflict, Religious Background: Muslim
Setting: Kenya (Dadaab Refugee Camp)
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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