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The Boy at the Back of the Class

The Boy At the Back of the Class

Published: 12 Jul 2018

Paperback / softback, 320 pages

Recommended for age 9+ and 11+

By Onjali Q. Rauf

Illustrated by Pippa Curnick

Published by Hachette Children's Group

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This book features in the Upper KS2 Story Street collection which is part of The Reading Journey

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. 

Tagged class novel choice and refugee experience

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A collection of 20 classic books for year 4. These books have stood the test of time because they are well-loved by children, teachers, librarians and parents.

  • Journey
  • The Boy At the Back of the Class
  • The Language of Cat
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  • Lob
  • Lizzie Dripping
  • Varjak Paw
  • Quick, Let's Get Out of Here
  • Street Child
  • Harry Miller's Run
  • Emil And The Detectives
  • The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
  • One Dog and His Boy
  • The Sheep-pig
  • Cliffhanger
  • I Was a Rat! Or, The Scarlet Slippers
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
  • Krindlekrax

The refugee experience set

A collection of books exploring refugee experiences.