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The Boy at the Back of the Class Award-winning

by Onjali Q. Rauf (author)

Suitable for 9 - 10 years

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Winner of the 2019 Blue Peter Best Story Award.

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019.

There used to be an empty chair at the back of the class. Now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He’s nine years old, like the others, but he’s very strange. He never talks and hardly smiles and doesn’t like sweets – not even lemon sherbets! But Ahmet isn’t really strange. He’s a refugee who has run away from a war. A real war, with bombs and fires and soldiers who hurt people. And when Ahmet’s classmates find out the truth, they decide they want to help. Which is why they’ve come up with a brilliant plan…

  • An uplifting refugee story with a message of kindness
  • Told in a child’s voice full of heart, hope and humour
  • The debut novel of activist and campaigner Onjali Rauf
  • Perfect for fans of Once and The Unforgotten Coat

“Raul’s book is at once tearjerking and chuckle-inducing and will go a long way to restore faith in human nature.” Sunday Post

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Catalogue number

1007 in Setanta Teen World Book Day 2020, 509 in Setanta Teen May 2020, 8404 in Setanta Secondary Schools Catalogue 2019/20, 54 in Setanta Teen January 2020, 5102 in Primary Schools Catalogue 2019/20, 731 in Setanta Primary World Book Day 2020 and 343 in Setanta Primary May 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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