Shadow

Shadow

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This is the story of Aman, as told in his own words -- a boy from Afghanistan fleeing the horror of the Afghan war. When a western dog shows up outside the caves where Aman lives with his mother, Aman is initially repulsed -- it is not customary for people to keep dogs as pets in his part of the world. But when Aman and his mother finally decide to make a bid for freedom, the dog Aman has called Shadow will not leave their side. Soon it becomes clear: the destinies of boy and dog are linked, and always will be.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Children's, 2011.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780007339617
Branch Call Number: J FIC MORPU
Characteristics: 287 pages. ; 20 cm

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Erika_W
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?

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pikachu888
Mar 16, 2017

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

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natalieyu
Feb 02, 2017

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

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jazpur
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.

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CharizardMaster
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

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emmadragons
Jan 04, 2014

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

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flame17
Jun 03, 2013

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

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HJEHudson
Apr 05, 2013

I cant wait to read this

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Feb 01, 2011

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