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Sheltering from the horrors of the Afghan war, a boy, Aman, finds a dog outside the cave where he lives with his mother. At first, he is repulsed. It is not normal for people to keep dogs as pets in his part of the world. But when Aman and his mother flee in a desperate bid for freedom, the dog he has called Shadow will not leave their side. For the destinies of boy and dog are linked, and always will be… Told by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by master artist Christian Birmingham, this is the stunning, moving tale of the bravest dog in all the world!

“Passionate and touching.” Julia Eccleshare

“As ever, Morpurgo’s warmth and humanity suffuse a story of courage, love and hope.” Amanda Craig

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Middle years; 4.0 points





Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo is a master storyteller, weaving captivating stories full of drama and intensity that are coming to be regarded as true classics. Exploring the most profound subjects with a light yet powerful touch, his books tell unforgettable stories in simple, direct words.

Michael Morpurgo discovered his talent for writing while working as a teacher. “We had to read the children a story every day and my lot were bored by the book I was reading. I decided I had to do something and told them the kind of story I used to tell my kids – it was like a soap opera, and they focused on it. I could see there was magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for me.”

Living in Devon, listening to Mozart, and working with children have provided most of the stimulae Michael needs to discover and write his stories. He spends about half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories. “For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out – the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers.”

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  1. Avatar frankenstein 761774

    on 5 March 2016


    5out of 5
  2. Bellasara 113282

    on 17 February 2016


    5out of 5
  3. Clarice thumb 136

    on 19 February 2015

    This book is good.

    4out of 5
  4. Bellasara 113282

    on 18 January 2014

    It was relly great and moving to actually see what the people who were suffering trying to get across to england.

  5. Petula 113689

    on 21 November 2013

    great book but so sad if you can cope with sad books then you will love this

    5out of 5
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    on 9 March 2013

    UNPUTDOWNABLE absolute amazing but quite sad.

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    on 19 February 2013

    I am reading this with my teacher and we are into it a lot.

  8. Clarice thumb 136

    on 2 February 2013

    I love this book by Michael morpurgo! I think this has to be by far one of the best he’s ever written!! I love the bond between Aman and Shadow and how they tackle the troubles ahead of them. This book is so addictive! I couldn’t put it down, and I was constantly at the edge of my seat desperate to find out what happened next. This book is I think for older readers but I would recommend it to anyone to read! X