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  • What is Ms. Light Reading Now?

    Posted by Melissa Light on 12/17/2020

    So I just finished When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed.

    I was excited to read this graphic novel because the setting is Kenya and I lived there for 2 years while volunteering with the US Peace Corps. This story focuses on a refugee camp. Our main characters are refuges from Somalia. This is Omar's story and it describes the years he spent in a refugee camp.

    While I never went to a refugee camp during my time with the Peace Corps, I was not unaware of what these camps were like. I also had met several Somalis who talked about their lives in Somalia. I was curious as to how Jamieson (author of Roller girl, which is a great story) would breathe a graphic life into this story. I connected with many of the references made throughout the story. As a teacher there, I could relate to the school situation. I knew many schools were overcrowded to where there were not enough seats for students. I undersand how a student could get into secondary school but may not be able to attend for lack of funds and uniforms. 

    As I said before, this is Omar's story but Jamieson created other characters to to represent the people of the camp and help flesh out this world. Ones, that I am sad to see where not real because I wanted to know what happened to them. Luckily we are able to know what happened to Omar and his brother Hassan.

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  • Kwame Alert!

    Posted by Melissa Light on 10/12/2020

    Anyone who pays attention, knows that I am a fan of Kwame Alexander. I love his books and he is such a huge supporter of ELA teachers and librarians - well how could you not! 

    So when there is an opportunity to see or hear him speak, I try to take advantage. Last week I watched a chat with Kwame Alexander, Kwame Mbalia and Jerry Craft on Facebook. Kwame A. even read my question for Jerry Craft! I admit it, I fangirled when Kame said my name :)

    The latest reading will be featured on Instagram Live.

    Kwame Alexander reads Becoming Muhammad Ali

    Am I fangirling yet?

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