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The Boy at the Back of the Class

⭐️⭐️⭐️A NEW Favorite and def on the lookout for more books by this awesome author!!

Genre: MG/Chapter Book

Ages: 8-12

Available: Amazon

price: 8 usd


Islamic notes: very clean and suitable for this age. War and death are mentioned, but in a very innocent and age appropriate way. Islam is shown to be the religion of some characters as hijab is mentioned to be worn by the Syrian translator/foster parent. Many human values and morals present and lessons taught.

Story: The protagonist/narrator of this book is a young 9 year old (gender not given right away) who notices a new boy filling the empty seat at the back of the class. He doesn’t speak though the teacher introduces him as “Ahmet”, a refugee boy. The protagonist decides to become his friend, and the story shows the limitations of Ahmet’s language and yet the beautiful blossoming friendship between the two. When the main character learns that Ahmet lost his whole family on his journey from Syria, and that England might close its borders, the main character sets out to help Ahmet reunite and find his family. And as a result, the protagonist battles bullies, both young and old, and even travels alone and gets hurt by the Special Soldiers at the Buckingham Palace in trying to catch the attention of the queen.

The story unfolds naturally to show Ahmet’s story, the political climate, and the protagonist’s name and background. All are somehow connected and intertwined to make this story absolutely spectacular and moving! The innocence in the narration and the intelligent observations about the world, politics, adults, and even racism move the reader into feeling invested in the outcome of the story.

I won’t spoil the end, but this book is absolutely wonderful and it is full of so many morals and values that teach the reader how to show compassion and empathy to others, no matter what their background/nationality.

I absolutely love and recommend this book!

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