Boy At The Back Of The Class Onjali Q Rauf



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A World Book Day 2020 Author WINNER OF THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD 2019 WINNER OF THE WATERSTONES CHILDRENS BOOK PRIZE 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2019 Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a childs perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesnt 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. Hes nine years old (just like me), but hes very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesnt like sweets – not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite! But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isnt very strange at all. Hes a refugee whos 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. Thats where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together weve come up with a plan. . . With beautiful illustrations by Pippa Curnick