The new kid in the class doesn’t talk, doesn’t smile, and doesn’t even like sweets, much to the surprise of his new schoolmates. Where does he come from, they wonder.

Join author, Onjali Raúf as she discusses her incredible debut novel, The Boy at the Back of the Class, shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2019.

This beautifully illustrated book is filled with heart and humour, giving a child’s perspective on the refugee crisis and highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense. In this inspirational kids event, Raúf will talk about her life and the books she loved as a child, along with her time spent in refugee camps in France, which ultimately inspired this uplifting and much-loved book.

About The Author

Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali’s debut middle-grade novel ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ highlights the refugee crisis through the eyes of a child and was voted winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019. She is also founder and CEO of the women’s rights movement Making Herstory, and dedicates her spare time to aiding the refugees of Calais and Dunkirk.