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1Book, 1PIT: When Stars Are Scattered

Community reading program at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology

One Book, One Community

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Promote a habit of reading
  • Encourage the exploration of diverse experiences and perspectives
  • Provide a common discussion point for all members of the P.I.T. community

The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology annually selects a book to share with our school community; to read, discuss, and learn together. We hope that the P.I.T. Community will find the One Book, One P.I.T. program to be a fun way to interact with each other. 

Throughout the term the book is announced, informal book discussions, presentations, and/or community events may be held. Additionally, the chosen book may be incorporated into curricular and extracurricular activities.

Students, faculty, staff, and all other college community members are invited to nominate books for future One Book, One P.I.T. selection. The One Book, One P.I.T. committee endeavors to choose titles that are accessible to our entire community, in a variety of formats, and represent diverse and unique perspectives.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to share our One Book One PIT pick with your entire family! We encourage you to share this graphic novel with the folks you enjoy reading with- this pick is suitable for all ages!

2021 Book Selection

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 and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl. Look inside this book -->

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When Stars Are Scattered

Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed's poignant When Stars Are Scattered follows Omar and his nonverbal younger brother, Hassan, as they grow up in the Kenyan refugee camp of Dadaab. Alongside depicting the day-to-day hardships and enduring traumas the boys face, the story powerfully portrays the deep love and compassion that sustains their community. Devastating, humorous, frustrating, and hopeful, this intimate and stunningly illustrated memoir expands our empathy for all those yearnings for a new beginning.

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.


Omar Mohamed spent his childhood at the Dadaab refugee camp after his

father was killed and he was separated from his mother in Somalia. He

devoted everything to taking care of his younger, special needs, brother,

Hassan, and to pursue his education. >> Connect with Omar on Twitter.


 Victoria Jamieson is the creator of the graphic novels All's Fair in Middle

School and Roller Girl, which received a Newbery Honor award. She 

received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design

and worked as a children's book designer before becoming a freelance