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The boy at the back of the class / Onjali Q. Raúf ; illustrated by Pippa Curnick.

Raúf, Onjali Q., (author.). Curnick, Pippa, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library J RAU (Text) 33500013105317 New Available -
Breckenridge Public Library J RAU (Text) 33500013105325 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984850782
  • ISBN: 1984850784
  • ISBN: 9781984850805
  • ISBN: 1984850806
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in paperback by Orion Children's Books, Hachette UK, London, in 2018."
Summary, etc.:
When quiet, nine-year-old Ahmet arrives in their classroom, a boy and his friends fail to draw him out but try a new plan after learning he is a Syrian refugee.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    An unnamed, ungendered nine-year-old's world changes when a new boy joins the child's London classroom. The mysterious boy is soon revealed to be a Syrian refugee named Ahmet, separated from his family prior to finding shelter in the UK. The protagonist decides to befriend the reclusive boy, while others in the community are more hostile towards refugees. When it's announced that the UK will close its borders to those seeking asylum, the protagonist fears that Ahmet will never be reunited with his family, and thus a plan is formed to help him. Raúf's debut sets out to educate young readers on the refugee crisis, and in that sense it's successful. However, as a result of this didactic approach, the elements of fiction fall flat, and the choice not to describe the protagonist keeps readers at arm's length emotionally. Still, this book (which includes six back matter sections that educate further and prompt discussion) is a valuable resource for educators looking for an engaging way to introduce early middle-graders to the refugee crisis. Grades 3-5. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Onjali Q. Raúf is the founder and CEO of Making HerStory, a UK nonprofit that works to fight human trafficking and gender-based abuses and crimes. She lives in the UK, and you can find her on Twitter at @OnjaliRauf. The Boy at the Back of the Class is her debut novel.

Subject: Refugees > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Syrians > England > London > Fiction.
London (England) > Fiction.
England > Fiction.

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