READY to read: Pupils from some primary and secondary schools in Tuam: Daithi Noone, Kody Garvey, Mary Cunningham, Caoimhin Wynne, Tommy Ward, Heather Glynn, Grace Speirs and Rana Gerrari at Tuam Library with special guest Brendan Murray. Photo: Ray Ryan

Tuam’s One Book project shows value of friendship in times of crisis

WITH the likelihood of many new faces in school classrooms over the coming months in Tuam, it’s particularly apt that a book telling the story of a refugee fleeing war and settling into a new school thousands of miles away from his home is the one chosen for this year’s One Book One Tuam project.

Children in fifth and sixth classes as well as first years in some secondary schools in Tuam will all together read The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Raúf. The novel, first published in 2018, is a child’s perspective on the refugee crisis and highlights the importance of friendship and kindness.

Read the full story in this week's edition of The Tuam Herald, on sale in shops and online here