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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...?
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Children's Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780007339617
Branch Call Number: J MOR
Characteristics: 287 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Birmingham, Christian


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Apr 07, 2017

This book is not one of Michael Morpurgo's best, but it's a really nice story still.
Matt's friend Aman, who came to England 6 years ago as an asylum seeker with his mother, is now being sent back to Afghanistan. Matt persuades his grandfather to go visist Aman in the "prison" they're keeping him and his mother, and there Aman tells him the story of how in Afghanistan they lived in caves, met a dog whom they named Shadow and how she guided them to England. Matt's grandfather, who is a retired journalist, decides to do something to stop Aman and his mother from being sent back, away from their new safe, English home. He organizes a protest, but nobody shows up! Will he and Matt succeed? Can Aman stay?

Mar 16, 2017

We had to read it for Lit. Circle in school recently and it was so good, I finished it right away!

Feb 02, 2017

Great book!!! It was soooooo good!!!

May 23, 2016

The story of a boy and a dog.A really good commentary on officialdom, detention centres and a group of people who decide to help make a difference to the plight of refugees, particularly children.

Mar 23, 2015

It wasn't as good as people said it was 😾

ChristchurchKids Dec 16, 2014

Life in Afghanistan is terrifying for Aman and his family and they want nothing more than to escape. When a Springer Spaniel appears in the mouth of their cave, Aman nurses the dog back to health. The dog is like a “friendly shadow” that stays with Aman and his family and so he decides to call her Shadow. When life becomes more dangerous, Aman and his mother leave their home and escape, with Shadow leading the way.

One of the things I like about Michael Morpurgo’s books is that you often get two stories in one. In Shadow you get the story of Aman and Shadow, but also the story of Matt and his grandfather who fight to free Aman from the refugee detention centre in England. There are sad things that happen in the story but there are also plenty of good things that happen, like Aman finding Shadow.

This is the perfect book for anyone who likes animal stories, survival stories, and stories about people from other cultures. Recommended for 9+ 10 out of 10

IJohn Jan 30, 2014

AN AWESOME BOOK!!!!! Love the puppy

Jan 04, 2014

Good book nothing really happened. Not my cup of tea.

Jun 03, 2013

This a really good book i highly suggest it to 10 to 13

Apr 05, 2013

I cant wait to read this

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Jul 19, 2017

red_hawk_968 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Apr 05, 2017

readingfairy1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10

IJohn Jan 30, 2014

IJohn thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 30

Feb 01, 2011

TheAmazingBookworm thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 80


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