The Boy at the Back of the Class


The debut novel by Onjali Q Rauf, ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ tells a heartwarming, funny and thrilling story. However, it is never overwhelmed by its serious underlying message. Told from an (unnamed) child’s perspective, this take on the refugee crisis highlights the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense.

Ahmet, the new boy at the back of the class never talks, never smiles and doesn’t like sweets.  When a group of friends learn the truth, that Ahmet is a refugee who has run away from a war, they befriend him.  When a crisis looms they put together a plan to act on The Best Idea Ever to help Ahmet.


The Boy at the Back of the Class

Onjali Q Rauf, with illustrations by Pippa Curnick


Front page news stories led to the creation of ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class‘ . Yet its serious message never overwhelms. Rather, it zings with humour, punch and entertainment value. Its shortlisting for the Blue Peter Prize is understandable.


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