adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $25.20

Buy for $25.20

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

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

©2020 Victoria Jamieson (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"...Omar's story conjur[es] memorable and sympathetic characters who will stay with readers long after they close the book.... This engaging, heartwarming story does everything one can ask of a book, and then some." (Kirkus, starred review) 

"With this sensitive and poignant tale, Jamieson and Mohamed express the power of the human spirit to persevere." (School Library Journal, starred review)

"Tragedy is certainly present throughout the story, yet Mohamed and Jamieson's focus on deep familial love and education works to subvert many refugee stereotypes." (Horn Book, starred review)

What listeners say about When Stars Are Scattered

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    86
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    71
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    73
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

5 Stars for When Stars are Scattered

Enjoyed this book. It was enlightening and eye opening to how others live in this world that many people take for granted.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful!

Fantastic novel! I highly recommend reading this with a class or child to have some great discussions.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I Couln't Stop Listening

This audiobook is the best! Bought for my 4 year old to listen to on a road trip, but my husband and I found it to more moving and entertaining then she. I teared up a lot. His story makes you realize how good we have it. Listening to the afterword to gain resources to help is a must.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful story!

I loved the details of Omar’s life and that he was willing to share it! I hope his family is reunited one day! Can’t wait to share with my class and allow them to see a different way of life!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

This book has a valuable lesson.

This was such a fun book to read! It’s detail was perfection. I had the physical book and was able to read along! I loved his historic story. It shows us how people in poverty have to live. We shouldn’t be rude to them. We should treat them how we want to be treated

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Informative . Very interesting !

Excellent voice talent. Deep appreciation for Refugees everywhere.




I recommend this book for any book club.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Terrific!

I have used this book with my 5th-grade class when we study Africa. It is such an amazing, heartfelt book. It brings a new perspective for my students to understand life outside of their world. The kids applaud at the end. I hear from parents of children that are not huge readers, how impactful this book is to their child. Omar is such an inspiration.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A Million Stars!

If I could give this book a million stars, I would. What a beautiful story ❤. Omar and Hassan, thank you for sharing with us a glimpse of your life. Victoria, thank you for putting together all the emotions, triumphs, highs and lows on a beautiful masterpiece. And to the voice actors and sound effect experts, you brought the story to life, I felt like I was there. Bravo!