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The Boy At the Back of the Class

Onjali Q. Rauf, Pippa Curnick


  • Friends & Family - tears and laughter, and happy ever after
  • Friends & Family - tears and laughter, and happy ever after

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5 out 5

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.


This was a very moving and insightful book, looking into the devastation that a refugee's journey towards a 'better life' can cause. It is beautifully written, with an incredibly kind hearted protagonist, Alexa, who will have you in tears on a search for a pomegranate, to make Ahmet feel at home. Although, this is a work of fiction it highlights the factual journey that desperate families undertake to escape worn torn homelands in order to keep their loved ones safe and create a better life. Simply stunning.

jo sutton 13.07.2021

fiction it made me laugh it made me cry. very emoitional book. I could not put it down many parts were factual the emotions of the boy. I would recommend to year 3 and above all the team work and empathy of the children were heart warnming

Miss Brown Discovery 22.06.2021

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