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Shadow [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Michael Morpurgo , Abdullah Afzal , Mike Rogers
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Book Description

30 Sep 2010

A stunning and moving new novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation’s favourite storyteller – featuring the bravest dog in all the world…

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…

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007377509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007377503
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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“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

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo MBE 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.

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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You never lose your shadow." 15 April 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful story which captures the complex web of relationships and situations facing a group of very different people who have one thing in common: the courage to fight for freedom. Nowhere is this seen more strongly than in the relationship between a boy and a dog, namely, Shadow.
The book illustrates the fear and terror of living in Afganistan under the hidden yet often open threats of the Taliban for the young boy Aman and his family. But when Aman is befriended by an unusual Springer Spaniel who is in need of nursing for her wounds the life of his family is about to change forever.
Be prepared (perhaps more so if you are an adult) to shed a few tears; I certainly did. Michael Morpurgo is willing to open chidren's eyes to the reality of the world, to the love and caring that people can show for one another and with their animals. Yet he does not hide them from the cruelty, hostility and sheer indifference that others seem capable of inflicting on their fellow travellers through life. The power of the scenes in this book, whether in the caves of Afganistan or the detention centre in the United Kingdom lies with your imagination, which Michael Morpurgo stimulates in every chapter.
There are hidden depths in this narrative which not only provides a wonderfully rich story, but which also should force one to think about two very different societies, which nevertheless are populated by similar kinds of people. The illustrations are great and support a powerful story.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow review 27 Feb 2011
By Caz
I bought this book for my 11 year old daughter and she absolutely loved it. She subsequently bought the book to give away to a friend as she had enjoyed it so much,
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another epic adventure from Michael Morpurgo 17 Mar 2011
I really enjoyed this Michael Morpurgo book; his best to date. This book is mostly suited to teenagers, ie( 13- 15) younger children may find this book sad in parts. The story is told by three characters, Matt, Grandpa and Aman. The story is mainly set in Afghanistan. Aman, his Mother, and his Grandma are living in their Afghan cave when a springer spaniel arrives out of nowhere. Aman and the dog soon become close; he decides to call her Shadow. They soon flee from Afghanistan to England because of the war. After six years of living as Asylum Seekers, they find themselves on the brink of being sent back to Afghanistan; living in a detention centre.
Who will help them? Will it be Grandpa and Matt?
This book also helps us to understand Afghan culture and their attitude towards dogs. It also gives more of a insight to the Brtish Forces working in Afghanistan.
One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the fine level of detail he used throughout. The images are realistic.
Overall the book was a great read, a must buy.
Well done Michael Morpurgo.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
I chose this book as Christmas reading, and I've really enjoyed it. I have read a lot of Michael Morpurgo's books, but personally this is my favourite so far. The book, Shadow, is written from the point of view of three different people: Matt (an English boy), his grandfather and Aman (who is from Afghanistan). Aman, his mother and grandmother are living in their Afghan cave when a `thin and war - ravaged' Springer Spaniel (Shadow) appears. Aman and Shadow grow close. When Aman and his mother set off to England (after his grandmother's death); Shadow leads them all the way to Kandahar on the Iranian frontier. Here they find Shadow's true owner. Aman really seems to love Shadow and becomes `a second son' to her owner. When Aman is forced to say goodbye to Shadow he is devastated. I think it shows how well - written this book is, in that I felt Aman's loss keenly. Aman and his mother make it to England following a terrible journey and are allowed into the country as asylum seekers. After Aman and his mother had been living in the country for six years, they are told they will have to leave for Afghanistan. Matt and his grandfather are outraged by this, and decide to try and dissuade the authorities from this course of action. However, when they've lost hope some great news arrives with Shadow and her owner! This book really moved me and I recommend it for people aged 11+ I think the story is definitely written for children, but I don't think there is any reason why adults wouldn't enjoy it. Before I read this book I'd never even heard of asylum seekers, but now I feel sorry for people in this situation. They've been driven from their country and need a new place to live and, as this story shows, that isn't always easy. Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC-SHADOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 6 July 2011
By Bridie
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was really really really good! It is my favourite book ever. It only took me five days to read, I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book for ages 10-12.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow by Michael Morpurgo 16 Jan 2013
Book review by Max S (Aged 9)

Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

Aman, his Mother and his Grandma live in a Afghan cave when a springer spaniel appears, all thin and battered. Initially Aman's Mother tries to chase him away "Dirty dog"! Dirty foreign dog"! But Aman brings this springer spaniel back to good health and he decides to call her shadow, but Aman and his mother need to go to England to get out of Afghanistan's raging war. Just how far can shadow lead them..?

I think that this book is one of the best books by Michael Morpurgo because the book tells you what its like in Afghanistan now and he uses 3 interesting characters to tell this exiting story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow
Usually I would not read war stories and other books with the same style as this but a boy in my class told me to read this book so I could not take down an offer to read a new... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars who loved the story
Bought for my grandaughter, who loved the story
Published 8 days ago by k lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Great read, thoroughly recommended, a must read for anyone who is a Michael Morpurgo fan as well as someone just being introduced to his books:)
Published 13 days ago by Anna MacLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars ten out of five!
I gave my eight-year-old grandson a box set of Morpurgo books at Easter. He's been gobbling them up like Easter Eggs. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mrs. L. Hawes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I think it was amazing. Best book in ages!
I really liked dog and shadow. I also liked uncle Mir as he was nice
Published 19 days ago by Ross McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give 6 stars...Morpurgo ay his very best
I have read most of Michael Morpurgo's books, and this stands among his very best. He is never frightened to tackle challenging issues, and in this age of misplaced nationalism and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Adamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouth watering!
I loved this book and it has been my favourite book by any author. A boy called aman is at a prison and he tells the story of shadow, the bomber dog and his friend at the same... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DEBORAH
5.0 out of 5 stars What An Amazing Book!!!
This story is told by different people, and every chapter it changes. This is a berry moving story and there is a lot of suspense and things that come suddenly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by iPhotograph
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, modern and educational tale from Michael Morpurgo.
We read this book as a family and found it to be informative, exciting and heart breaking all at the same time. An excellent, modern and educational tale from Michael Morpurgo.
Published 1 month ago by j h twine
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