89 pages 2 hours read

Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson

When Stars Are Scattered

Nonfiction | Graphic Novel/Book | Middle Grade | Published in 2020

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Essay Topics


The dreams and goals that Omar, Jeri, Nimo, and Maryam mention in the story change as they mature. How do their changed dreams and goals reflect how each one’s circumstances shift unexpectedly and/or the unique ways each comes of age?


Without his parents in his life at Dadaab, Omar relies on Fatuma as a foster mother for basic needs and supervision. What other adult figures care for Omar in the story in terms of his well-being and his future? Who is the most influential in his life and future? Determine three reasons based on text evidence to justify your choice.


Images and color help tell the story in When Stars Are Scattered. For example, facial expressions reveal individuals’ emotions when there are no words, narration, or description to accompany the image. What are some other specific ways the artwork or color helps to convey story elements? Provide examples from each of the three parts of the story.