Raúf’s book is at once tearjerking and chuckle-inducing and will go a long way to restore faith in human nature.
The Boy at the Back of the Class is the story of new boy Ahmet, a refugee from Syria, told from the point of view of an anonymous classmate. One who goes to (at times) hilarious lengths to make friends and give Ahmet a sense of belonging. The unexpected adventure that follows strikes the perfect balance between humour and poignancy, topped off with a terrific twist. The result is an unforgettable story that will find a home in the heart of every child.
Onjali Q. Raúf portrays the refugee crisis through the eyes of a child in a way that’s accessible, warm and funny. It’s a story about friendship and how naturally children celebrate, rather than fear, all our differences.
I loved Ahmet's story because it was heart-warming and made me realise what refugees go through.
I rated this book 5* because she made everything so clear and described things so well.
Reminded me of a story
It reminded me of a story told by my Turkish aunt, who had a similar experience when she first came to the UK.
Living on the Edge
Reading this book has made me appreciate how difficult it would be to leave your comfortable life behind and venture into the unknown.
A Hidden Depth
I would recommend this book to others as there is a hidden meaning which is to accept people for who they are.