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Image of the front cover of the paperback book The Boy at the Back of the Class written by Onjali Q Raúf and illustrated by Pippa Curnick. Displayed on a book stand.
Image of the back cover of the paperback book The Boy at the Back of the Class written by Onjali Q Raúf and illustrated by Pippa Curnick. Displayed on a book stand.

The Boy At The Back Of The Class

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Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.

He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!

But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.

That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan. . .

With beautiful illustrations by Pippa Curnick

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2019
Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019
Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2019

Suitable for readers from 8-11 years

Author: Onjali Q. Rauf

Notes for Mortals:
Paperback
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
ISBN: 9781510105010
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
Published: 12/07/2018

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