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Shadow

Written by Michael Morpurgo

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LoveReading View on Shadow

As the best-selling War Horse demonstrates, award winning Michael Morpurgo writes about both animals and war with exceptional flair. In this passionate and touching story, the interlinked fortunes of an Afghan boy and the dog who helped him to escape from his war torn country and find sanctuary in the UK is full of emotion and tension. Now in detention in the UK and facing deportation with his mother, despite having lived safely in the UK for six years, Aman tells his desperate story to his friend Matt’s grandpa. Sensing the injustice of it all, Grandpa campaigns furiously to ensure Aman and his mother a secure future. ~ Julia Eccleshare

 

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Shadow Synopsis

A powerful novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller...Never have Aman and his mother needed a friend more than when a Springer Spaniel appears - thin and war-ravaged - in the mouth of their Afghan cave. Nursed back to health by Aman, the dog becomes a constant companion, a shadow, and that's what Aman decides to call her. But life in Afghanistan becomes more dangerous by the moment. Eventually, Aman, his mother and Shadow find the courage to embark upon the treacherous journey from war-torn Afghanistan to the safely of a relative's home in Manchester, England. But how far can Shadow lead them? And in this terrifying new world, is anywhere really safe...?

Shadow Reader Reviews

A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review ShadowClick Here to read the full reviews.

  • Roberta Barreto, age 9 - 'It is a great story, and upsetting too. It shows someone’s love for a dog. Shadow the dog is a great leader, and brave...I was always stuck into the book wondering what will happen next.'
  • Aditi Mehendale, age 11 - 'This extremely touching book is an amazing, incredibly real story , so real that I could have quite easily imagined myself as one of the characters; it really made me think about the world we live in.'  

Shadow Press Reviews

As ever, Morpurgo's warmth and humanity suffuse a story of courage, love and hope. - Amanda Craig, The Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007339617
Publication date: 29/09/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007339594
Publication date: 30/09/2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007339617
Publication date: 29th September 2011
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: Audio Books

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent.  One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 150 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, ...

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