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Shadow

by Michael Morpurgo

Harpercollins (uk) | November 7, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Shadow is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

SHADOW broke all Michael Morpurgo records in hardback, selling a massive 23,000 copies through TCM in the first six weeks. Now, the phenomenon arrives in paperback, ready to take the mass market by storm...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...Ages: 7+

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.83 in

Published: November 7, 2011

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007339615

ISBN - 13: 9780007339617

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just about a dog, but a wonderful story! I will admit it. The selling point for me for Michael Morpurgo’s novel, Shadow, was the dog on the cover. If the dog was just a little more brown, than red-brown, it would look just like my little dog, Gracie. Oh, and it’s a story about a dog — easy sell for me. Of course, once I actually cracked open the book and started reading, finding myself bawling part-way through, I knew Michael Morpurgo had a winner on his hands. This is a serious story about some heavy stuff. Just to refresh your memory, Michael Morpurgo is the author of War Horse, which has just been released in film version. Not being a horse person, I doubt that the movie would be my cup of tea, but if Shadow was made into a movie, I would see it in a heartbeat. Shadow is the story of a young boy, Aman, who lived in Afghanistan. He and his mother flee to England once they realize that they cannot stay in their country anymore. As they’re on their journey, they meet Shadow, a springer spaniel who immediately befriends them. The story is told by the point of view of Aman and is heartbreaking and hopeful. This was a wonderful, wonderful read. It’s more of a middle grade book, so it only took me a few hours to read (I’m a slow reader — I’m sure it would take other people a whole lot less time to read!). There are a few illustrations in the book, black and white pencil drawings, and I loved looking at each and every one of them, seeing pictures of Shadow, or pictures of Aman. I appreciated the notes at the end of the novel, where Morpurgo talks of the inspiration for the story and gives a little more information about Afghanistan and about wonderful dogs like Shadow. A great book to teach the value of friendship, what it takes to move people and get what is deserved. It is also a history book, teaching readers about warfare, in layman’s terms. If you’re looking for a book that I can’t give enough praise for, something that’s beautifully written, give Shadow a try — just make sure the tissue box is nearby!
Date published: 2012-02-11

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Shadow

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.83 in

Published: November 7, 2011

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007339615

ISBN - 13: 9780007339617

From the Publisher

SHADOW broke all Michael Morpurgo records in hardback, selling a massive 23,000 copies through TCM in the first six weeks. Now, the phenomenon arrives in paperback, ready to take the mass market by storm...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...Ages: 7+

About the Author

British author Michael Morpurgo was born in St. Albans, Hertforshire in 1943. He attended the University of London and studied English and French. He became a primary school teacher in Kent for about ten years. He and his wife Clare started a charity called Farms for City Children. They currently own three farms where over 2000 children a year stay for a week and experience the countryside by taking part in purposeful farmwork. He has published over 100 books and several screenplays. He won the 1995 Whitbread Children's Book Award for The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the 1996 Nestle Smarties Book Prize for The Butterfly Lion, and the 2000 Children's Book Award for Kensuke's Kingdom. Private Peaceful won the 2005 Red House Children's Book Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Five of his books have been made into movies and two have been adapted for television. He was named as the third Children's Laureate in May 2003. He currently lives in Devon.
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