• The Boy At the Back of the Class
  • The Boy At the Back of the Class
  • The Boy At the Back of the Class
  • The Boy At the Back of the Class
  • The Boy At the Back of the Class
  • The Boy At the Back of the Class

The Boy At the Back of the Class

Children's, New & Recommended, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 12/07/2018
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The Boy At the Back of the Class
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 t... READ MORE
Nicole @WstonesHemel
The Boy At the Back of the Class
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 t... READ MORE
Rachel Meier at Canterbury Rose Lane
The Boy At the Back of the Class
A story full of heart!
There have been a lot of stories lately about the refugee crisis, but this one stands out as something special: a story that still manages to maintain its ... READ MORE
Rachael at Croydon
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Amazing, heart-wrenching and captivating.
I read 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' when it was announced as the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Winner 2019 because I felt obligated to. But after... READ MORE
Lauren at Waterstones Redditch
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Wholesome and Heartwarming
I loved this book. I wish this book has existed when I was 9 years old, but I'm so glad it does now. The author perfectly captures the mind-set of an inqui... READ MORE
Bethan at The Weybridge Bookshop
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Powerful and touching!
When this first came out I decided that it probably wasn't something I would ever get around to reading, however, I chose it as a children's book club read... READ MORE
Vanessa at Doncaster
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Wonderfully eye opening!
A worthy winner of the 2019 Waterstones children's book of the year - all about the refugee crisis and what one person can do to make a difference. Told fr... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth
The Boy At the Back of the Class
A book for all ages. Simply wonderful.
This winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019 is a book that whenever I speak to anyone about it, be it an adult or child, always concludes in ... READ MORE
Jaynie

Synopsis

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: 320
  • Weight: 288g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm

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The Boy At the Back of the Class
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... READ MORE
Love,Hope&Rainbows
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Thought-provoking and powerful one of my stand out reads of the year
Sometimes a book strikes a chord in your heart and leaves a lasting impression on your thoughts, its a rare thing but Onjali’s beautiful debut, ‘The Boy at... READ MORE
Jo Clarke
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Heart warming
I found out that this book was nominated for the children’s book of the year prize, so obtained a reading copy as it was a book I had wanted to read for a ... READ MORE
Kit Kaynes
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Touching book
It made me think how we need to accept everyone the same
Mara
The Boy At the Back of the Class
An emotive, funny and poignant story of friendship, kindness and community.
If you haven't read this book yet, please do! It's a moving, poignant and funny story that has deservedly won many prestigious awards (incuding the Waterst... READ MORE
Ella Hughes
The Boy At the Back of the Class
A very good read.
Every young adult should read this delightful book. It is a lovely story with some very important messages for young people to note.
Doreen Bevan
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Lovely book
From a child, this book is brilliant, it made me smile reading it. The plot is well set out, I love how the book is mainly focuses on children and what the... READ MORE
Conall  Freeman
The Boy At the Back of the Class
This could be my Children's book of 2018?
This was a birthday gift....and it could turn out to be my Children's book of 2018! This is fun, serious, enlightening and very topical. I would love to se... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Heartwarming and emotional
The boy at the back of the class by Onjali Rauf is an adventurous, heartwarming and emotional story. I loved reading this book because it is excellently we... READ MORE
Bruce  McInnes
The Boy At the Back of the Class
The boy at the back of the class
Having read this book I believe thus book should be made an instant historical fiction classic as such books as Once and the boy in the striped pyjamas are... READ MORE
charlie odonnell
The Boy At the Back of the Class
The Boy at the Back of the Class - a good example of kindness
This is my nephew’s (aged 9) review: ‘This book was really good and I think it is a good example of kindness. I like the bit about the big plan. I think th... READ MORE
Karen Elger
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Excellent from start to finish
Excellent. I read this with my 9 year old Son who was captivated by this story - “it was the best book ever”
Louise Smyth
The Boy At the Back of the Class
An emotional, eye opening story about a refugee
The Boy at The Back of The Class is a story of a refugee from Syria, that moves to England. It is very touching and emotional. His friends go to extreme le... READ MORE
Nicola Reid
The Boy At the Back of the Class
A worthy winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2019
I bought this book primarily for my grandchildren to read but before passing it on to them, I very much wanted to read it myself,being concerned about the ... READ MORE
Stella Gow
The Boy At the Back of the Class
A fantastic book which all ages should read!
Wonderful in all ways
ISABELLE BUTCHER
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Loved the writing but not really a story about a refugee boy
I was so excited when my 9 year son started reading “The boy at the back of the class” because he could not put it down and in all honestly, it included my... READ MORE
Mays Elansari
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Extremely excellent!
I would recommend this to all children over 7 years old because it might be a bit to much for younger children (I did cry about six times). I really loved ... READ MORE
Kate De La Motta
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Extremely excellent!
I would recommend this to all children over 7 years old because it might be a bit to much for younger children (I did cry about six times). I really loved ... READ MORE
Kate De La Motta
The Boy At the Back of the Class
A story with so much heart - an instant classic!
A beautifully written story that highlights the power of friendship, the importance of doing the right thing and how anyone - no matter how young - can mak... READ MORE
Rebecca Long
The Boy At the Back of the Class
The boy at the back of the class
Bought for my 9year old grandson have yet to pass it on as I read it first and thoroughly enjoyed A wonderful book with a thought provoking story.
lynda
The Boy At the Back of the Class
So, so good.
This is such a gorgeous book that everyone should read. It's about a boy who joins a new class and it touches so well upon children's innocence and adult's... READ MORE
Emma Ross
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Superb!
I bought this book as a gift for my nine year old granddaughter and thought I’d have a quick glance at it myself. I was immediately hooked and read it cov... READ MORE
Northcote Gal
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Best book that I have read in 2021 !
I recommend this book for children 8 years and above. It has taught me about how the refugees flee Syria and how dangerous the journey is. We got to now al... READ MORE
Diana Reynolds
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Thought provoking
It was a rollercoster of emotions - thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you Onjali Q.Rauf and Pippa Curnick. Rupert aged 10
Julia Wordsworth
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Amazing!
Oh my goodness. Where do I start? This book is incredible! I felt stunned after I finished reading, because it raised so much awareness inside me. The nar... READ MORE
Noodle Idontwanttosaymysurname
The Boy At the Back of the Class
Enjoyable read
I really enjoyed this book and its meaningful message. I have read a couple of the other authors books but I thought this one was really important and enco... READ MORE
Manoj Kumar
The Boy At the Back of the Class
10/10
I loved this book it kept getting better and better I wish their is another book where we get to see a new girl come in and sits at the back of the class
Macie Wrafter