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Michael Morpurgo

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Author of War Horse, and bestselling storyteller Michael Morpurgo touched our hearts with this beautiful story of a boy, his lost dog, and the lengths he would go to be reunited. This timely story of battle-scarred Afghanistan delivers a masterful portrait of war, love, and friendship.

With the horrors of war bearing down on them, Aman and his mother are barely surviving in an Afghan cave, and staying there any longer will end horribly. The only comfort Aman has is Shadow, the loyal spaniel that shows up from places unknown, it seems, just when Aman needs him most.

Aman, his mother, and Shadow finally leave the destroyed cave in hopes of escaping to England, but are held at a checkpoint, and Shadow runs away after being shot at by the police. Aman and his mother escape--without Shadow. Aman is heart-broken.

Just as they are getting settled as free citizens in England, they are imprisoned in a camp with locked doors and a barbed wire fence. Their only hope is Aman's classmate Matt, his grandpa, and the dream of finding his lost dog. After all, you never lose your shadow.

New York Charlotte Award Master List, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), USBBY Outstanding International Book, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, South Asia Book Award - Master List, South Asia Book Award - Winner, Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List

Praise for Shadow

Shadow is the perfect book for classroom teachers looking for a contemporary tale of the old, sad story: war's devastating ramifications for everyone, including children.” —Horn Book

“Morpurgo humanizes the asylum story through one refugee boy's viewpoint.” —Booklist

“Heart-rending and heart-affirming…” —Kirkus, starred review

Shadow succeeds in evoking empathy and inspiring readers to take a stand for their beliefs.” —School Library Journal


In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of SHADOW . Two 14-year-old boys, one Afghan and one English, find friendship with each other and with two exceptional dogs. - Kirkus Reviews

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Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, a Member of the Order of the British Empire, is the author of over 100 children's books, including An Elephant in the Garden. His recent bestseller here and in Britain, War Horse, debuted on Broadway in 2011 and is now a film by Steven Spielberg.

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