Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali Q. Raúf


Onjali Q. Raúf is the founder of Making Herstory, an organisation mobilising 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. She specialised in Women’s Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Oxford University respectively.

Onjali’s first novel, The Boy at the Back of the Class, is aimed at middle-graders and it portrays the refugee crisis through the eyes of a child in a warm, funny and moving way. It was released by Orion Children’s Books in the UK in July 2018 and it will also be published by Delacorte in America in Spring 2019, followed by her second middle-grade book, The Star Outside My Window, which will come out in October 2019.


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Fancy winning a copy of @onjalirauf's brilliant, award-winning story The Boy at the Back of the Class? Well, we don't want to brag, but we have ELEVEN copies to give away (and no biggie, but they're all signed, too). Find out how you could win one here: https://t.co/ZnUWDf6Sca

.@BBCNews feature @SharnaJackson's HIGH-RISE MYSTERY!!

Thrilled to be included in a celebration of inclusive books w/ @CLPE1 @storyriver @Booktrust @Jillcoleman17 @killerwomenorg @jk_rowling & @malorieblackman - we never thought we'd get this far!!


#secretlysigned copy of #TheBoyAtTheBackOfTheClass left in @Hatchards #piccadilly on between meetings... 👀🏃🏾‍♀️🤸🏾‍♀️😉😁

This @RoyalMail parcel has made me cry. @McInnesBruce - I cannot believe you & all your wonderful little ones did this!Gorgeous letters about the #bluepeter @Booktrust & @waterstones awards AND paintings AND pomegranate scented gifts...It's just beyond....Everything. I'm floored.

We are so excited to have the support of @Booktrust for our FAB Prize.
BookTrust will be offering additional prizes to both prize winners and runners up, as well as supporting the commended and highly commended entries.



Have you got your copy yet? Head to your local #library to get your hands on Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by @Ayisha_Malik ready for #Cityread2019 this May.

Chilling out on a beach in India - I’ve just read a children’s book full of goodness by @OnjaliRauf - The Boy at the Back of the Class- brilliant - a must for every adult. Can you tell I’m wed to teacher?!

Other schools, as potential beneficiaries of this campaign can you help us to publicise? Please do retweet, add to your newsletters and spread the word. @somerspark1 @MalvernVale @stmatprimary @NorthleighCofE @TheChaseMalvern @MalvernParish @malvern_wells @CastlemortonPri https://t.co/GaMAQnWh9w

This is off to an AMAZING start! Target's to raise £500 overall (half through the shop, half justgiving) for *at least* 100 copies for our local schools. But the more donated, the more books they get! https://t.co/eylJLgiWFc https://t.co/14yeNOhyr5

Don’t often tweet non work related stuff but this too important to not use twitter for good! Please support these amazing girls’ campaign by retweeting or if you feel moved, by donating. Yet again the younger generation showing how to do it right! https://t.co/4oIc56nE68

This fantastic pair are over half way to reaching their target of getting #Theboyatthebackoftheclass by @OnjaliRauf in to every school in Malvern. A massive thank you for your contributions. You can contact @malvernbookcoop or visit https://t.co/JlLlmlfBD9 to help. #Malvern

Delighted to be back @BBCBerkshire #BookClub today talking about these three beauties. Link to #BBCSounds available either via https://t.co/47WFG7ijI8 or on my Facebook page later today @OnjaliRauf #TheParisian @Joethepublicist @jpsendker

I’ve just finished The Boy at the Back of the Class. I write this with tears drying on my cheeks - thank you @OnjaliRauf!

Our @youngcityreads fund raiser Pistachio, Rose & Mastic is now available!

This year it is a Syrian flavour inspired by @onjalirauf 's book "The boy at the back of the class" !

Not only is it delicious, you'll also be helping local children read through young city reads 💚📚

'My favourite childhood books didn't feature anyone that looked like me.'

The wonderful @OnjaliRauf tells us about her brilliant story The Boy at the Back of the Class and how books can have such a huge impact on children: https://t.co/wiRSVNtgMm #BookTrustRepresents

Oh, and if you've not managed to read @OnjaliRauf's super The Boy at the Back of the Class yet, this is your chance - we have ELEVEN signed copies to give away! Here's how you could win: https://t.co/ZnUWDf6Sca

BREAKING: @AlternativeGov has promised free sanitary products to EVERY SINGLE PRIMARY SCHOOL in the UK as of 2020! This means from primary through to college, girls will no longer have to miss school because of #periodpoverty! YESSSSSS! #HerstoryMade ✊🏽

Fundraising has begun in earnest by the @fond_patrimoine to help restore #notredame 🚀💕 So glad to hear the fundamental structures haven't been ruined... ✊🏽

Fewer than 2% of British children's authors are people of colour - great article on #BookTrustRepresents in ⁦@guardian⁩ by ⁦@alisonflood⁩ ⁦@Booktrust⁩ https://t.co/FeXPAVWDuc

Wow. Just wow. I cried. A lot. ❤️❤️❤️ @OnjaliRauf