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Morpurgo, Michael; Birmingham, Christian

When Shadow, a bomb-sniffing spaniel, goes missing in the middle of wartorn Afghanistan, his soldier-owner is devastated. Meanwhile, Shadow makes friends with a local Afghan boy, and sees a whole other side of the war. As Christmas draws ever closer, will Shadow and his trainer ever be reunited?

Paperback, Book. English. Fiction 7+. Children's stories. General.
Published London: HarperCollins Children's, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Michael Morpurgo ; illustrated by Christian Birmingham
ISBN: 0007339615, 9780007339617
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Originally published: 2010.
Physical Description: 287 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Human-animal relationships Juvenile fiction.; Afghan War, 2001- Juvenile fiction.; Dogs War use Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.9
Interest Level: MY
Points: 4
Quiz Number: 219784

Author note

Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include 'Shadow', 'A Medal for Leroy' and 'Little Manfred'.

His novel 'War Horse' has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children's Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.


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.?


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

"passionate and touching" - Julia Eccleshare