The boy at the back of the class
Publication year: 2018
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
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 eight 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 the truth is, Ahmet really isn't very strange at all.
Number of reservations: 2
Although this is written for children of primary school age, it is a wonderful book that everyone should read. It is narrated by a school child who tries to befriend a new boy in the class. As the story progresses it turns out that Ahmet is a Syrian refugee who became separated from his parents during the struggle to reach a safe place. The author deftly covers issues of bigotry, bullying and misconceptions, but counters this with characters that have wonderful empathy and different perspectives. Despite being a serious subject, reading the book took me through a whole range of emotions and provoked both tears and laughter.