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The Boy at the Back of the Class

Narrated by: Imogen Wilde
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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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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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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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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How I loved this story

I loved it and it shows that anyone, anyone at all could make a difference

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Wonderful book, moving and thought provoking.

Now rate this as the best children’s book my son and I have enjoyed together on audible. Handles an important issue well and gives us all good for thought. I laughed and I cried and we couldn’t wait for the next chapter. Buy this book!

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Wonderful book, impotant & timely story!

My son (7) absolutely loves this book, he's listened to it almost back to back for the last week! Such a fantastic story of friendship, determination, empathy and understanding - love it! An important theme told in a child-friendly way.

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Amazing book

Great book loved it the children loved it. Also when I read it I actually enjoyed it.

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Inspiring and proving our mistakes

This story, reading and narration all comes together and gives a meaningful positive story as if you’re watching it all happening in front of you. It just gives a message that we all need to know and understand. Thrilling story. Loved it...