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Publisher Description

Overall Winner of the 2019 UK Waterstones Children's Book Prize
Winner of the 2019 UK Blue Peter Book Award

In the vein of timely titles such as Katherine Applegate's Wishtree and Alan Gratz's Refugee comes a touching, accessible middle-grade debut about the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, as well as the life-changing power of friendship and standing as an ally.


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.

Balancing humor and heart, this relatable story about the refugee crisis from the perspective of kids highlights the community-changing potential of standing as an ally and reminds readers that everyone deserves a place to call home.

A CLIP Carnegie Medal Children's Book Award Nominee

"Tearjerking and chuckle-inducing. . . . Above all it celebrates the power of kindness." -- The Sunday Post (Scotland)

"An engaging exploration of the refugee crisis through the eyes of a child." --Readings (Australia)

GENRE
Young Adult
AVAILABLE
2019
August 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Children's Books
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC