IBNA- ‘The Boy At the Back of the Class' (2018), the debut children’s novel of Bangladeshi-English Onjali Q. Raúf has been translated into Persian and is available in Iranian bookstores.
This book by the best-selling author has been translated into Persian by Mahboubeh Najafkhani. The children and young adults department of Fatemi Publishing in 300 pages and 2000 copies.
Told with humor and heart, ‘The Boy At the Back of the Class' offers 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 my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He's eight years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favorite!
But the truth is, Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to be his friend.
That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan.
Onjali Q. Rauf is the founder of Making Herstory, an organization mobilizing men, women and children from all walks of life to tackle the abuse and trafficking of women and girls in the UK and beyond. In her spare time she delivers emergency aid convoys for refugee families surviving in Calais and Dunkirk, and supports interfaith projects.
Her first novel, ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’, has sold over 100,000 copies and won multiple awards. Her second book, The Star Outside My Window, publishes in October 2019.