The Boy At the Back of the Class (Paperback)
  • The Boy At the Back of the Class (Paperback)
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The Boy At the Back of the Class (Paperback) The Boy At the Back of the Class (Paperback)

The Boy At the Back of the Class (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 12/07/2018
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Overall Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019

Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for April 2019

A story of friendship, hope and the importance of kindness, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a story full of heart and humour, told from a unique perspective. Featuring illustrations from Pippa Curnick, this is an exceptional book by an emerging voice in children’s writing.

When a new boy joins their class, a group of children try to befriend him. They soon learn that Ahmet is a refugee and has been separated from his family. None of the grown-ups seem to be able to help him, so the friends come up with a daring plan, embarking on an extraordinary adventure.

Onjali Q. Raúf is Founder and CEO of the London based human rights organisation Making Herstory, working in partnership with other movements to end the abuse, trafficking and enslavement of women and girls in the UK and beyond. Based in part on the stories she encountered when working in refugee camps, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a remarkable debut that deserves to be ranked as a modern classic. 

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2019

“In this future classic, Raúf has distilled what it means to be a genuine and positive person into a story that sparkles with kindness, humour and curiosity. Her characters step out of the book with a warm smile, fully-formed as role models for everyday life, ready to take you on an ambitious adventure which is both fun and exceptionally gripping. Children’s books have a raft of difficult topics to convey to young readers, and Raúf embraces this with an approach that is funny, upbeat and overwhelmingly open-hearted.” - Florentyna Martin, Waterstones Children’s Buyer

Published on Thursday 3 October, Onjali Q. Raúf’s brilliant second novel, The Star Outside My Window is available to pre-order now, signed by the author.

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9781510105010
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 264 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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

'Onjali Rauf's debut, The Boy at the Back of the Class, illustrated by Pippa Curnick, offers a child's eye view and an ambitious, adventure-filled plot. When a new boy is introduced at school, no one is exactly sure where he has come from; what is a "refugee kid", anyway, and how can Ahmet be helped to feel that he belongs? Though the narrator's voice is overly young at times, this is a lovely, warm-hearted first novel, a celebration of courage and friendship leavened with mischief.' - The Guardian

The Boy at the Back of the Class: Onjali Q. Raúf and the power of storytelling

The Boy at the Back of the Class: Onjali Q. Raúf and the power of storytelling

London - Piccadilly
Saturday 27th April 11:00

We are thrilled to welcome Waterstones Book Prize Winner Onjali Rauf to Piccadilly: children and writers-to-be will have a chance to listen to her stories and share their own in a colourful masterclass in storytelling! And, of course, there will be biscuits and lemon sherbets to fuel our creativity!

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Poole Book Club: May 2019

Poole Book Club: May 2019

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Thursday 2nd May 19:00

Pop down to Poole Waterstones for great discussion and drinks at our monthly book club.

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Children's May Bookclub

Children's May Bookclub

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Saturday 11th May 11:30 - 12:30

If your child loves books our Children's bookclub is a perfect Saturday morning activity. Suitable for kids between the ages of 9-13. It's held on the second Saturday of every month at 11.30am. This month we are reading: The Boy in the Back of the Class

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Nicole @WstonesHemel

“Who Is The New Kid?”

I loved this story so much. Not only has it got some very trying words for KS2 children to be looking up, like 'seclusion' but it has a very real look at todays attitude to people who are 'not like... More

Paperback edition
9 similar books recommended
Helpful? Upvote 24

“Fantastic”

This is a fantastic book for competent readers, it covers the topic of refugees from a child's point of view.
I bought it on recommendation and read it in one evening. My children are now fighting over it. Eye... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 14

“Important and Timely”

A new boy starts at the narrator's school, and he doesn't seem to smile or talk. Our main character decides to befriend him and find out more, and learns that Ahmet is a refugee, fleeing the war in Syria. It... More

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