The Boy at the Back of the Class

Raúf’s book is at once tearjerking and chuckle-inducing and will go a long way to restore faith in human nature. 

Sunday Post

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.


The story kept me engaged

I really enjoyed this book. ?The story kept me engaged so much that I didn't want to put it down - I could have read it all in one sitting.

Annabelle, Surrey

Dear Your Majesty the Queen

Dear Your Majesty the Queen,

I am writing to you to recommend The Boy at the Back of the Class. It is one of the sweetest books I have ever read.

Lexie, Sussex

This is just a great book.

This is just a great book.  I like how it hooks you in for around the start; it is fabulous in every way.

Jacob, Surrey


I loved Ahmet's story because it was heart-warming and made me realise what refugees go through.

James, Sussex

So clear

I rated this book 5* because she made everything so clear and described things so well.

Danielle, London

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.

Tana, London

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.

Evie, Sussex

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.

Mia, Sussex

About The Author

Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali Q. Raúf, author of The Boy at the Back of the Class, worked as an Assistant Editor for emel magazine; was the Campaigns Manager for Women for Women International UK, and currently works on behalf of a number of regional and international human rights charities and research bodies. She is also Founder and CEO of Making Herstory: a self-styled human rights organisation working in partnership with other movements to end the abuse, trafficking and enslavement of women and girls worldwide. She has been shortlisted for the Care2Impact award, and the Emma Humphreys Award for her works in the women’s rights sector.