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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 customary for people to keep dogs as pets in his part of the world. But when Aman and his mother finally flee in a 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… Illustrated by Christian Birmingham, this highly topical and moving novel from Michael Morpurgo takes readers into one of the world’s most notorious and impenetrable conflicts. Exploring the subject of war and refugees from a child’s-eye view, it examines the plight of those left living in the inhumane conditions of the Afghan cave region, escaping the persecution of the Taliban.

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

“Passionate and touching.” Julia Eccleshare

Product Details







Date published

September 29th, 2011

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Middle years; 4.0 points



UK edition


Michael Morpurgo

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  1. MB2205
    on 5 March 2016


    5 out of 5
  2. micheal11
    on 17 February 2016


    5 out of 5
  3. diamondforever786
    on 19 February 2015

    This book is good.

    4 out of 5
  4. masterreader1520
    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. morancat
    on 21 November 2013

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

    5 out of 5
  6. Nashdasher
    on 9 March 2013

    UNPUTDOWNABLE absolute amazing but quite sad.

  7. powerpush22
    on 19 February 2013

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

  8. Emster123
    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