The Boy at the Back of the Class

The Boy at the Back of the Class


*Signed copies available!*The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf, with illustrations by Pippa Curnick.


Richmond Literary Festival event – Onjali Q Raúf: The Night Bus Hero, Saturday 14 November, 2pm. Join award-winning and best-selling author Onjali Q Raúf from the comfort of your own home for this event on her latest book The Night Bus Hero. For more information and to book tickets, click here.


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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