The Boy At the Back of the Class

Suggested age 9 – 12


Author: Onjali Rauf
Illustrator: Pippa Curnick
ISBN: 9781510105010
Date Published: 12 July 2018

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2019

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019

Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2019

A World Book Day 2020 Author

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

Orion Children’s Books

Dimensions12.8 × 2.6 × 19.2 cm

Orion Children's Books




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