The Boy at the Back of the Class

Heartfelt ‘Upbeat’ Refugee Tale Wins Children’s Book Award!

BBC reports that Onjali Q Raúf’s The Boy at the Back of the Class has won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize!

Raúf’s debut novel is already being described by Waterstones children’s buyer, Florentyna Martin, as a “future classic.”

The story follows a young refugee whose newfound friends from school help him reunite with his family. Raúf was inspired by the people she befriended while working in refugee camps.


The Boy at the Back of the Class

“Children’s books have a raft of difficult topics to convey to young readers, and Raúf embraces this with an approach that is funny, upbeat, and overwhelmingly open-hearted,” Martin added.

Raúf is the founder and CEO of Making Herstory, a human rights organization working to end the abuse, trafficking, and enslavement of women throughout the world. Her debut novel is already a significant step towards bringing attention to the circumstances surrounding those who are wrongfully separated from their loved ones.

Congratulations on your well deserved achievement, Ms. Raúf! And thank you for the reminder that everyone deserves a home that their family can call their own.




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