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

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

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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.   “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 …