November 2013 sees a month-long celebration of Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful stories, marking his 70th birthday this year. We’re celebrating by highlighting some of our favourite Michael Morpurgo stories, including Shadow.
Life in Afghanistan is terrifying for Aman and his family and they want nothing more than to escape. When a Springer Spaniel appears in the mouth of their cave, Aman nurses the dog back to health. The dog is like a “friendly shadow” that stays with Aman and his family and so he decides to call her Shadow. When life becomes more dangerous, Aman and his mother leave their home and escape, with Shadow leading the way.
One of the things I like about Michael Morpurgo’s books is that you often get two stories in one. In Shadow you get the story of Aman and Shadow, but also the story of Matt and his grandfather who fight to free Aman from the refugee detention centre in England. There are sad things that happen in the story but there are also plenty of good things that happen, like Aman finding Shadow.
This is the perfect book for anyone who likes animal stories, survival stories, and stories about people from other cultures. Recommended for 9+ 10 out of 10