The Boy At the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 19th February 2020
The Boy At the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf (Author)
Paperback: 256 pages
Age Range: 8 – 11 years
Publisher: Orion Children’s Book
WINNER OF THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD 2019
WINNER OF THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2019
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
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up. – Jesse Jackson
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Doctor, Doctor, what’s the best cure for dandruff?
Love is…your reward
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