The Boy At the Back of the Class **Blue Peter Book Award Winner**
- Publisher: Orion
- Author: Onjali Rauf
- ISBN: 9781510105010
- Laburnum Code: 10332
- Book Type: Paperback
- Number of Pages: 256
- Accelerated Reader Level: 5.4
- Points Value: 9.0
Also Waterstones Children's Book Prize Winner 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. . .