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Story Time with Miss Salt

The Boy at the Back of the Class
By Onjali Q. Raúf

Told with humour and heart, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.

There used to be an empty chair at the back of Mrs. Khan's classroom, but on the third Tuesday of the school year a new kid fills it: nine-year-old Ahmet, a Syrian refugee.

The whole class is curious about this new boy - he doesn't seem to smile, and he doesn't talk much. But after learning that Ahmet fled a Very Real War and was separated from his family along the way, a determined group of his classmates bands together to concoct the Greatest Idea in the World - a magnificent plan to reunite Ahmet with his loved ones.

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Chapter 1

 

 

Chapter 2

 

 

Chapter 3

 

 

 Chapter 4

 

 

 Chapter 5