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The boy at the back of the class

by Raúf, Onjali Q.,

Format: Print Book [2019]
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Told with humor and heart, The Boy at the Back of the Class offers 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 Mrs. Khan's classroom, but on the third Tuesday of the school year a new kid fills it: nine-year-old Ahmet, a Syrian refugee.

The whole class is curious about this new boy--he doesn't seem to smile, and he doesn't talk much. But after learning that Ahmet fled a Very Real War and was separated from his family along the way, a determined group of his classmates bands together to concoct the Greatest Idea in the World--a magnificent plan to reunite Ahmet with his loved ones.

This accessible, kid-friendly story about the refugee crisis highlights the community-changing potential of standing as an ally and reminds readers that everyone deserves a place to call home.

"This moving and timely debut novel tells an enlightening, empowering, and ultimately hopeful story about how compassion and a willingness to speak out can change the world." -- School Library Journal , Starred Review

Overall Winner of the 2019 UK Waterstones Children's Book Prize
Winner of the 2019 UK Blue Peter Book Award
A CLIP Carnegie Medal Children's Book Award Nominee
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "An unnamed, ungendered nine-year-old's world changes when a new boy joins the child's London classroom. The mysterious boy is soon revealed to be a Syrian refugee named Ahmet, separated from his family prior to finding shelter in the UK. The protagonist decides to befriend the reclusive boy, while others in the community are more hostile towards refugees. When it's announced that the UK will close its borders to those seeking asylum, the protagonist fears that Ahmet will never be reunited with his family, and thus a plan is formed to help him. Raúf's debut sets out to educate young readers on the refugee crisis, and in that sense it's successful. However, as a result of this didactic approach, the elements of fiction fall flat, and the choice not to describe the protagonist keeps readers at arm's length emotionally. Still, this book (which includes six back matter sections that educate further and prompt discussion) is a valuable resource for educators looking for an engaging way to introduce early middle-graders to the refugee crisis.--Ronny Khuri Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "When Ahmet, a Syrian refugee, begins attending a suburban London school, he doesn't speak with anyone, but as he gains support through an assistant teacher, a group of students get to know him as a soccer player and friend. As the tensions surrounding refugees and the closing of the country's borders intensifies, Ahmet confides in his new mates that he lost his sister in the journey across the sea and was separated from his parents before his flight to London. With the clock ticking to reunite Ahmet with his family before the borders close, the determined friends go directly to the prime minister and the High Court of Justice to make their plea. Political and cultural undertones are undeniably present in Rauf's timely debut, but it's the themes of kindness, empathy, and tenacity that resonate strongest. Rauf excels at tapping into the thoughts and concerns of contemporary children, providing wholly believable characters who use their voices to help others and create change, as well as offering a safe space for readers to explore and better understand the refugee crisis. Ages 8--12. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Refugees -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Syrians -- England -- London -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
England -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :[2019]
Edition First U.S. edition.
Contributors Curnick, Pippa, illustrator.
Language English
Notes "Originally published in paperback by Orion Children's Books, Hachette UK, London, in 2018"--Title page verso.
Description 290 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781984850782
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