The Boy at the Back of the Class
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.
About the Author
Onjali Q. Raúf is the founder of both O’s Refugee Aid Team (which works to deliver emergency aid to refugees in northern France and other parts of Europe) and Making Herstory (which mobilises men, women and children from all walks of life to tackle the abuse and trafficking of women and girls in the UK and beyond).
Her first novel, The Boy at the Back of the Class, won the Waterstone’s Children’s Prize and The Blue Peter Book Award.
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