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The Boy at the Back of the Class

Narrated by: Imogen Wilde
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)
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Summary

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.

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.

He's 9 years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!

But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.

That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan....

©2018 Onjali Q. Rauf (P)2018 Hachette Children's Group

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A thoughtful story addressing a very real crisis

This beautifully told story allows us to discuss the refugee crisis with young child in a way that makes it accessible. Told through the eyes of a nine year old, this story is a must read for any class, Year 4/5 up. Brought a tear to this teacher's eye and made me very grateful for how lucky I am to live in the UK.

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Amazing story which conveys an emotional topic.

Everything about this story was amazing. The narrator was exceptional- though, i liked listening to it in 1.5 speed just because it made it sound more like a kid rambling on. The topics covered, although distressing, was done perfectly, which assisted in bringing awareness to the refugee crisis.
The best part was how well the writer wrote in a child's point of view, which makes this story even better.