The Boy At The Back of The Class

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

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. 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 be his friend.

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

My Thoughts

This gently adventurous, funny and inspiring tale will entertain while helping readers to understand the refugee crisis from a child's perspective (though I know a few adults who should read it!

A particular quote from the wise, nine year old narrator caught my eye “sometimes I think everyone likes to believe a lie even when they know it’s a lie because it’s more exciting than the truth.”

Great for adults to read aloud or for kids to read to themselves (8 -12 ish?)

 

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The Boy At The Back of The Class - blog post image

The Boy At The Back of The Class

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

 

I loved this tweet so much I had to screenshot and save it as a notice so we can all enjoy it for a bit longer!