The Boy at the Back of the Class Award-winning

by Onjali Q. Rauf (author)

Suitable for 9 - 10 years

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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. . .

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Catalogue number

911 in Setanta Primary November 2020, 1001 in Setanta Teen November 2020, 8404 in Secondary Schools Catalogue 2020/21, 5102 in Schools Catalogue 2020/21 and 343 in Setanta Primary September 2020






Orion Children's Books

Date published

July 5th, 2018

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.4; Middle years; 9.0 points

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  • 256 pages


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  1. Niamh bartley
    on 23 April 2020

    Loved it!!

    I have to say I loved reading this to my boys. It's such a lovely story about friendship, kindness, selflessness and courage. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It's so well written. My boys said it was the best story they ever heard, they loved it. I will definitely buy more books from this new Author

    5out of 5
  2. Katie
    on 15 March 2020


    I would like to buy this because I think it is eye catching

  3. Reba Khatun
    on 19 February 2020


    I cried when I read this book. It was so beautifully written and left a positive message.
    A new boy has started at school and the main character is trying to befriend him although he doesn't speak a word of English.
    Cleverly written, with a few twists on the way.

    5out of 5

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