Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019 It is with enormous pleasure we announce Onjali Q. Raúf’s The Boy at the Back of the Class as the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019.
In the year our award marks its 15th anniversary, the winner – as always, chosen by our expert booksellers – is a work of exceptional talent by a brilliant emerging voice in children’s writing.
Separated from his family, Syrian refugee Ahmet is alone in a new school and a new country; to those around him he is just the boy at the back of the class. When a group of children set out to befriend him and learn about his story, they embark on an unexpected, whirlwind adventure.
Bursting with charm, humour and compassion, and featuring wonderful illustrations from Pippa Curnick, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a moving, timely story about understanding and showing kindness to those around us.