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The Boy at the Back of the Class

Narrated by: Imogen Wilde
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
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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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AMAZING!

My name is Hector and I’m 10 years old. I read every evening alongside my father. Usually we alternate between audiobook and ourselves reading to each other. We’ve vote this book (and audiobook) as one of the best of the year! We highly recommend this book for people of all ages.

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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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wow what an amazing book

wow I loved this book so much it was an emotional rollercoaster. I never used to like reading but this book has really showed me how much I like reading

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A must read for all children.

Loved this book. Listened with my 9 and 10 year old who also really enjoyed this book. It definitely opened some very important and interesting discussions between us. Thank you

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Fantastic

Absolutely amazing and beautiful book. Both the children and I have thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Such beautiful lessons and morels taught in this story.
Thank you or this beautiful storey Onjali Q. Rauf 🙏🏽

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The best book ever

A breathtaking story , and gives a clear message for those who have floated seas to a shelter .

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The boy at the back of the class

This is a great book about a refugee boy called armitt and it has inspired me to take action in the refugee crisis

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  • 06-06-20

Brilliant story with a great message

it was a amazing book highly recommend it to other audiable users 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 😀😀😀 🤗🤗🤗

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amzing

This is amzing and teches children what other pepole are expirecing in the world and its a litel sad but very educatoinal.

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superb

loved it was amazing one of the best listens I've ever had really inspiring

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  • 28-11-19

To cry and cry

The book touched me so deeply that I spent most of the experience in tears. It simply and powerfully deals with the most fundamental concept of vulnerability. Embodied in the story of a little girl and boy.

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