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Riveting and refreshing to have depth and cultural exposure in a graphic novel...
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2020
This is a a beautiful story about two Somalian refugee brothers who have not given up hope on finding their mother or being reassigned to America. It’s a story about human grit and resilience that is difficult to really hit home for many American children, but the stunning illustrations carry this message through-out the story. My 9-year-old struggled to get into the first chapter, but when I sat down and read it to her, she was hooked. We almost finished the entire book in two reading sessions. This book gave me an opportunity to expose my daughter to diversity and examine the conditions of her own life. During this quarantine pandemic, my daughter has had to face some difficult changes in our family structure and sell her home. This book was a lesson to her to hold on to the ones she loves, and remember how lucky she is to be sleeping in a soft bed, eating nutritious, abundant food, and receiving free quality education. My daughter was particularly stunned about the refugee girls who don’t have choices about whom they marry and whether or not they go to school. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to any graphic novel enthusiast, or just anyone. Parents, read it to your child and talk with them about the similarities and differences of their life to Omar and Hassan’s. Thank you, Omar, for sharing your life story with the world and for organizing Refugee Strong so we can help. Please, Jamieson, find more diverse stories like this to capture and I will buy every one of them.