PICK OF THE WEEK
PICK OF THE WEEK!
For the week of February 17, 2020
The Boy at the Back of the Class
By Onjali Q. Rauf
Reading Level: 4th – 5th
War in Syria has caused Ahmet to flee his country. Having been separated from his family, Ahmet ends up in London. He sits in the back of the classroom and doesn’t talk to anyone. He is not treated well by some of his classmates.
Eventually, four students become friends with Ahmet. When they learn that the United Kingdom is getting ready to close their borders to Syrian refugees, the four decide to put a plan into action to reunite Ahmet with his family before it is too late.
Told from the point of view of one of the students, The Boy at the Back of the Class reminds readers of the importance of having a place to call home.