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A stunning and moving new novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller - featuring the bravest dog in all the world! He tackles a current war with the story of a sniffer dog named Shadow and an Afghan boy. A stunning and moving new novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller - featuring the bravest dog in all the world! He tackles a current war with the story of a sniffer dog named Shadow and an Afghan boy.


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A stunning and moving new novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller - featuring the bravest dog in all the world! He tackles a current war with the story of a sniffer dog named Shadow and an Afghan boy. A stunning and moving new novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller - featuring the bravest dog in all the world! He tackles a current war with the story of a sniffer dog named Shadow and an Afghan boy.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    One of the most hard-hitting middle grade biographical fiction I have ever read! Morpurgo's books are so well written with such realistic characters and storyline that it's difficult to ignore them. Once you start reading one of his books, you won't be able to stop. At least for me, it's always like that! I discovered his books at a bookfair held at the beginning of this year. Before that I was unaware of his work. And whoa, am I lucky or what?! This book didn't disappoint me! It's well-written w One of the most hard-hitting middle grade biographical fiction I have ever read! Morpurgo's books are so well written with such realistic characters and storyline that it's difficult to ignore them. Once you start reading one of his books, you won't be able to stop. At least for me, it's always like that! I discovered his books at a bookfair held at the beginning of this year. Before that I was unaware of his work. And whoa, am I lucky or what?! This book didn't disappoint me! It's well-written with strong characters emphasising war time, the people who suffered because of it, (and as for Morpurgo's books, there's always an animal we would always get attached to) there's Shadow, the dog, which had a very beautiful story to tell in the book. And then there's these two boys, one of them in an asylum with his mother, and the other, Matt, who's his best friend at school, who would try to get them out of there with the help of his grandfather. I cried a bit towards the later half of this read. I just get what hardships the mother and the son had to go through having made to move to England from Afghanistan because of the war leaving everything behind, having to face deaths of their dear ones in front of them for nothing, having to go through hunger and near death experiences all the way through. It's just heartbreaking to know many people like them had to live without hope in such conditions. But the book ends on such a beautiful note. I really appreciate that. However, I feel like the ending was a bit rushed up and made to be so convenient for the characters to get what they wanted in such a short period of time. Nevertheless, I liked everything about the book. A memorable read indeed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Claire Russell

    Shadow is a book about friendship that spans the UK and Afghanistan. Matt visits his grandfather and tells him about his best friend Aman who along with his mother has been taken to Yarl’s Wood. Aman has lived in the UK for 6 years as an asylum seeker, but according to the Government their time has run out and he has to return to Afghanistan. As Matt is not allowed to visit Aman he persuades his Grandfather, a former journalist to go to Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Aman tells of his incredible Shadow is a book about friendship that spans the UK and Afghanistan. Matt visits his grandfather and tells him about his best friend Aman who along with his mother has been taken to Yarl’s Wood. Aman has lived in the UK for 6 years as an asylum seeker, but according to the Government their time has run out and he has to return to Afghanistan. As Matt is not allowed to visit Aman he persuades his Grandfather, a former journalist to go to Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Aman tells of his incredible journey to the UK. Aman, his mother and Grandmother are Hazara people, living in the hills of Afghanistan under the constant threat of the Taliban. Aman’s father has been killed some years previously. Aman’s grandmother is desperate that Aman andhis mother should join her brother in England to guarantee their safety. In the midst of this terror and confusion a bedraggled dog arrives at their cave and befriends Aman – he is initially sceptical as dogs are not regarded as necessary in his culture. As they all feared, the Taliban attack them in their cave and Aman’s grandmother is killed. Aman’s mother finds the determination and fortitude needed to leave their country and as they set off, the dog whom they christen Shadow, comes along with them. Aman and his mother face a long and treacherous journey even before they leave their own country. As they cross the border they are robbed and lose everything, but yet again Shadow remains with them. In one of the villages they are hiding in Shadow starts sniffing the ground and Aman realises he has found a bomb – he sees some British soldiers coming towards the area and runs to them alerting them to the bomb. In an amazing coincidence, Shadow turns out to be Polly, an army sniffer dog who has been missing for months. The soldiers welcome Aman and his mother but their stay is tinged with sadness as they know they will have to leave and leave Polly with the soldiers. The pair then face a terrifying journey to the UK in the back of a lorry. Aman has thrived since being in the UK which he sees as his home, he has the same interests as other UK boys of his age, including Beckham and Manchester United. His mother is terrified of returning to an Afghanistan where she would likely face torture and death. Matt’s grandfather observes first-hand the lack of civil liberties those in the detention centre have and after hearing this extraordinary story realises that morally he has to help Aman and his mother, despite his self confidence being low after his wife’s death. His story is published in the newspaper with a call to protest outside Yarl’s Wood. Initially the protest consists of Matt and his Grandfather but gradually more people arrive including; school friends, family and finally Captain Brodie (who is now a war hero) arrives with Shadow to tell them he has used his influence to ensure that Aman and his mother are allowed to stay in the UK. Shadow and Aman’s story comes full circle and they are re-united outside the detention centre. The value of friendship is central to this story – that between Matt and Aman, as well as between Shadow and Aman and Polly and CAPTAIN. The other key element is the question of civil liberties, how can the UK class itself as a democracy if it infringes civil rights to such a degree. What are the differences between the Afghanistan regime and the UK government? Apart from War Horse, this is the only Michael Morpurgo book I have read and I was struck by his realistic and honest depiction of the World. He describes awful situations in a compassionate and accessible way without hiding from the truth and asks very big questions. He highlights the importance of friendship and loyalty which are evident throughout the book. The last pages of the book contain author’s notes about the role of sniffer dogs within the British Army, the history of the Afghan conflict and Yarl's Wood The book is aimed at 8 year olds but would also be enjoyed by older readers. An ideal use of the book would be in a PSHE lesson, children would discuss the value of friendships and loyalty with examples of their own and this could lead onto a conversation about conflict in general. Children could imagine themselves in a dangerous situations and how they would deal with this

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Aman and his mother have been living in England for six years when they are told they have not gained political asylum and must return to Afghanistan. They are placed in the Yarl's Wood detention center. Matt, a good friend of Aman's, enlists the help of his grandfather to try to help the family. When the grandfather visits to try to find out the story, Aman tells him about the death of his father, how the family was living with an elderly grandmother in a cave, and how an uncle in England was a Aman and his mother have been living in England for six years when they are told they have not gained political asylum and must return to Afghanistan. They are placed in the Yarl's Wood detention center. Matt, a good friend of Aman's, enlists the help of his grandfather to try to help the family. When the grandfather visits to try to find out the story, Aman tells him about the death of his father, how the family was living with an elderly grandmother in a cave, and how an uncle in England was able to bring Aman and his mother into England. Aman also tells the story of Shadow, a foreign dog who adopted Aman and protected him from soldiers on his way out of Afghanistan. Shadow has an interesting connection to the English armed forces, and this helps Aman in many ways. Strengths: Don't want to give away some of the twists here. Did enjoy this and think it is a good addition to books on Afghanistan.I especially liked how it detailed Aman's difficult trip to England, and I didn't know that springer spaniels were the dog of choice for the British army. Weaknesses: This had a particularly British tone to it; dogs are considered dirty and kept outside in Afghanistan, but Aman warmed up to the idea of sleeping with the dog curled up next to him right away. This makes for a good story, certainly, but points out how much the British love their dogs. (I once attended an Anglican church where the minister's dog slept under the front pew every week!)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    The good thing about Michael Morpurgo books is they do not delve into politics, but focus on the human cost and the lives of ordinary people effected by events outside their control.Imagine your are living in a good country your family can make a living and you have freedom, education,the country has history of ancient civilisation. Then one day you are invaded by a foreign power (Russia ) the fighting starts and goes on for years and you gradually lose everything , then the Russians leave and The good thing about Michael Morpurgo books is they do not delve into politics, but focus on the human cost and the lives of ordinary people effected by events outside their control.Imagine your are living in a good country your family can make a living and you have freedom, education,the country has history of ancient civilisation. Then one day you are invaded by a foreign power (Russia ) the fighting starts and goes on for years and you gradually lose everything , then the Russians leave and you think things will improve and go back to the way it was, but no the Taliban take over and make everyones lives hellish. Aman ends up living in a cave with his family having lost everything, when a springer spaniel appears at the mouth of the cave lost and starving, the 2 build up a bond,the family start a treacherous journey to England, on the way you learn why the family have ended up in the cave. You also find out the dog is a British military dog who has got lost and is also trying to find his way home.The family find their way to England and settle down and try to start their lives again but it is not to be, and they are uprooted once again and put in danger.This time they have made good friends in England who want to help them and will pull out all the stops to do so but will it be enough ..... This book will keep you hoping and your heart in your mouth until the end.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jane Scholey

    I am a huge fan of Morpurgo's book but sometimes find him a bit 'samey'. This knocked my socks off. A stunning story and very relevant to today. I would love to read this to a class of children. The discussions it would raise on asylum seekers, war torn countries, the empathy it could bring out. I also cried buckets! I am a huge fan of Morpurgo's book but sometimes find him a bit 'samey'. This knocked my socks off. A stunning story and very relevant to today. I would love to read this to a class of children. The discussions it would raise on asylum seekers, war torn countries, the empathy it could bring out. I also cried buckets!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Mason

    This is one of my favourite Michael Morpurgo books! It incorporates some lovely images making it visual. This book makes you feel a variety of emotions from happiness to sadness and is a touching story of a child and his mother who live in Afghanistan. A English springer spaniel becomes his friend and companion. I think this book is suitable for 8-9 year olds.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paula Hartharn-Evans

    Another great Michael Morpurgo book. This is about a little boy and his mum who flee Afghanistan with a dog. Quite an emotional read but with a great message. ❤

  8. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I own this book. This book tells the story of an Afghanistani asylum seeker and his mother who have been placed back into the system to be deported back to Afghanistan from England and how his best friend from school misses him dearly. Matt, the friend, tells his former journalist grandfather who goes to visit Aman and his mother in a detention centre and becomes engaged in their story. This is a good book, harrowing, sad and it doesn't soften the blow of experiences of asylum seekers coming f I own this book. This book tells the story of an Afghanistani asylum seeker and his mother who have been placed back into the system to be deported back to Afghanistan from England and how his best friend from school misses him dearly. Matt, the friend, tells his former journalist grandfather who goes to visit Aman and his mother in a detention centre and becomes engaged in their story. This is a good book, harrowing, sad and it doesn't soften the blow of experiences of asylum seekers coming from war-torn countries even though this is even a kid's book. Which is also why it's getting three stars and not higher, I know kids must be introduced to tough topics, but as a 23-year-old, even I found this book difficult to read at times and had to set it down a couple of times to regather my thoughts.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aruna Kumar Gadepalli

    War, human beings, animals and the relationship remain central to the stories of Michael Morpurgo. Only difference this time modern time war struck Afghanistan. Captivating story with the narrative style made me stick to the book till the last page.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Seonaid

    Izzie and I were blown away by this book, another absolutely gripping story from Michael Morpurgo, this time set in Afghanistan and England. Told by three different voices, Grandpa, Matt and Aman, 'Shadow' tells of how Aman and his mother, helped by the stray dog they call Shadow, escape from Afghanistan and the Taliban to move to England and a better, safer, life with Uncle Mir and Aunt Mina. Morpurgo yomps the reader across the terrors of Afghanistan under the Taliban, and introduces us to the Izzie and I were blown away by this book, another absolutely gripping story from Michael Morpurgo, this time set in Afghanistan and England. Told by three different voices, Grandpa, Matt and Aman, 'Shadow' tells of how Aman and his mother, helped by the stray dog they call Shadow, escape from Afghanistan and the Taliban to move to England and a better, safer, life with Uncle Mir and Aunt Mina. Morpurgo yomps the reader across the terrors of Afghanistan under the Taliban, and introduces us to the people who turn to 'fixers' - themselves dangerous men - desperate to escape the dangers of life in the country. This is a hard hitting book and tears were shed both in the back of the dark and claustrophobic truck and in Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, where Aman and his mother ultimately find themselves. 'Shadow' raises many questions - why do we keep children in prison? Why can't grandpa bring in presents for Aman? Why do we send people back to dangerous countries? What are asylum seekers? Could we find ourselves suddenly deported to a strange and dangerous country? This is a great book to use when discussing the plight of refugees; Morpurgo takes the often faceless masses seen on the TV news and re-humanises them. Totally recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    This book is by the same author who wrote War Horse, and while that might be a plus for some it was off putting for me. Although I haven't read War Horse, I was in the minority that didn't like the movie. I actually bought this book months ago, so I took my time to read it! Basically this is the story of Aman, a refugee from Afghanistan. He has lived in England for almost six years since escaping his war torn country, but wakes up one day to find that his asylum has been denied and his mother wil This book is by the same author who wrote War Horse, and while that might be a plus for some it was off putting for me. Although I haven't read War Horse, I was in the minority that didn't like the movie. I actually bought this book months ago, so I took my time to read it! Basically this is the story of Aman, a refugee from Afghanistan. He has lived in England for almost six years since escaping his war torn country, but wakes up one day to find that his asylum has been denied and his mother will be flow back to Afghanistan in a few weeks. His best mate Matt tells the sad story to his Grandfather, a journalist, who visits Aman in the detention centre and gets his story to the world. I enjoyed the personal effect of the story being told to another, and the breakdown of chapters. I liked the realism of the story, and the illustrations are gorgeous. This book probably suits preteens best, but there is some very serious themes here. I liked the dog too, Shadow is a great little character. Definitely five stars, parents read along with your children so you can explain some of the darkness to them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Shadow Michael espesully WARNING SPOILER ALERT This book review is based on a book named Shadow.This book takes place in Afghanistan durning the war with the Taliban.The main character is a dog named Shadow.This dog is a very brave dog.She was an army dog and save the life of Aman ,a young boy that lived with is mother.Aman lost most of his family durning the war.The goal was to get to England to live with is Uncle Mir.I loved this book because it was touching and i realized that many people don' Shadow Michael espesully WARNING SPOILER ALERT This book review is based on a book named Shadow.This book takes place in Afghanistan durning the war with the Taliban.The main character is a dog named Shadow.This dog is a very brave dog.She was an army dog and save the life of Aman ,a young boy that lived with is mother.Aman lost most of his family durning the war.The goal was to get to England to live with is Uncle Mir.I loved this book because it was touching and i realized that many people don't have the life that I have.I especially if you like dogs. By:Mia Acuna 1st period class

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Fleetwood

    I read this to my 7yo and he loved it. So did I.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hayley (Backpacking Bookworm)

    I was recommended this book for my February reading challenge (book set in Afghanistan) and I'm so thankful to that person for bringing it to my attention. What a heartbreaking, yet touching story of one boy and his mother's treacherous journey from Afghanistan to England, seeking a safer life. Told from three different perspectives, we follow Aman's story about how a brave and loyal dog took refuge in Aman's cave (his home in Afghanistan) and formed an instant friendship with the boy. When Afgh I was recommended this book for my February reading challenge (book set in Afghanistan) and I'm so thankful to that person for bringing it to my attention. What a heartbreaking, yet touching story of one boy and his mother's treacherous journey from Afghanistan to England, seeking a safer life. Told from three different perspectives, we follow Aman's story about how a brave and loyal dog took refuge in Aman's cave (his home in Afghanistan) and formed an instant friendship with the boy. When Afghanistan is no longer safe, the dog leads Aman and his mother to safety. After six years in England, they are suddenly ripped from their lives and taken to a jail-like detention centre where they will be deported to Afghanistan against their will. Aman's best friend, Matt, and his grandpa hear Aman's story and fight to help him and his mother remain in their true home. This is a great book to start with for those who want an introduction to Afghanistan's history and war, and the distressing, often impossible journey that many refugees must make in order to seek asylum in a safe country. It is a simple read, easy to get through in a few hours, yet is by no means de-sensitised. Told from the eyes of a young boy, the story is perhaps even harder to digest, as you imagine him living this dangerous journey, terrified, distraught, hopeful. It's not an easy read and it will make you think hard about those that do not have the comforts and safety often taken for granted in first-world countries. I would highly recommend for both adults and children, and believe this is one of those books that everyone should read, to gain insight into a world we could never even imagine. Rating breakdown Plot/narrative - 4.6 Writing style/readability - 4.5 Characters - 4.5 Diverse themes - 4.8 Ending - 4.3 Overall - 4.5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

    Beautiful story. Read it like 4 times, it's just so emotional and touching and so very realistic. Definitely recommend this book for people who love a good emotional story, and especially if you like dogs. Review edit I rate this book 9/10. As I just said it's such a beautiful story. The only flaw is the writing style is a little simple and I'm kind of only interested in the past not the present aspect, but luckily it is mostly the back story of Aman so this was a beautiful book. I cried the firs Beautiful story. Read it like 4 times, it's just so emotional and touching and so very realistic. Definitely recommend this book for people who love a good emotional story, and especially if you like dogs. Review edit I rate this book 9/10. As I just said it's such a beautiful story. The only flaw is the writing style is a little simple and I'm kind of only interested in the past not the present aspect, but luckily it is mostly the back story of Aman so this was a beautiful book. I cried the first time I read it when I was much younger, it is a great book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tarquilla

    He tackles very deep subjects with enormous tact and care giving children – and adults - the chance to explore serious issues. As always this book is beautifully written with warm characters and a hefty dollop of reality.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Great story, written for children. Author of "War Horse." Inspirational story of friendship and sacrifice. Great story, written for children. Author of "War Horse." Inspirational story of friendship and sacrifice.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charlotterichy

    This is an amazing amazing book !!!!!!! i loved it soooooo much. It brought the emotions out of me :D i would 100% recommend it :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    DNF I wish I read this book when I was younger as I would of loved it..but now the writing style is way to simple and plain...sorry

  20. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    a heart -touching stry, was in tears! Really easy and fast to read. A nice story that reminds you why you love books (and dogs :)))

  21. 5 out of 5

    Garry Schofield

    Well written book starting to become one of my fav authors

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mialee

    BEST BOOK EVER:)!

  23. 5 out of 5

    15TurnerC

    i really liked this book. Although it is sad, it is worth reading.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maca

    Lovvvvveeeeeeeeeee itttt

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danny

    Personal Response I really liked this book because it kept me intrigued, waiting to know what would happen in the next part of the story. Shadow was a good read and showed the struggle of trying to get out of Afghanistan during the early 2000’s. I also really liked this book because of how the book started and how it played out in the end. The book had a lot of good parts describing what it was like, and how hard it was to escape the country. Plot: The book started out with Matt and his grandpa g Personal Response I really liked this book because it kept me intrigued, waiting to know what would happen in the next part of the story. Shadow was a good read and showed the struggle of trying to get out of Afghanistan during the early 2000’s. I also really liked this book because of how the book started and how it played out in the end. The book had a lot of good parts describing what it was like, and how hard it was to escape the country. Plot: The book started out with Matt and his grandpa going to Yarl's Wood Detention Center. Matt's grandpa took him to see his friend, Aman, who was locked up in the center. When they got there, Matt was talking to Aman. He was wondering what had happened and why he got locked up in the center. It started with Aman and his mother escaping from Afghanistan. They packed up their stuff and started walking. Aman had a plan to got to his uncle's house, who lived in England. As they started going they got robbed by the Taliban, not too far out from where they started. They kept going and they had to sleep in a cave where they found a dog. Wherever they went, the dog followed and eventually became good friends with Aman. As they continued to walk, they saw soldiers coming their way and they recognized the dog and were amazed. The soldier was happy to see the dog, because it was the soldier’s old dog that had disappeared. The soldiers brought Aman and his mother back to the base to give them food and somewhere to stay for a couple of nights. Then they got a bus ticket to go the rest of the way. Once they got to England, they stayed there for a few nights until the police showed up. The police took them to a detention center where they were locked up until they had to go back to Afghanistan. After Matt and his grandpa heard the story, they called the local newspaper and put the story in the paper. Then they went to protest at the center to try to free Aman and his mother. After a lot of people showed up to protest, they freed Aman and his mother. Characterization Aman is the main character. He changed a bit throughout the story, especially when he was in the detention center. He changed the most when he had to escape Afghanistan, because he had to be someone he was not. He was the same in England, until he got taken by the police. Matt was a minor character throughout the book. The book did not give Matt any description about his back story. When the book started out he was against Aman being locked up. After he heard the story from Aman, he was really against it and started a protest. Setting The book took place in Afghanistan, which was important to the story because that was where Aman and his mother tried to escape. It took place in the early 2000's after the terrorist attack on the twin towers. The book also took place in England. It was important to the story because that was where Aman and his grandma got locked up after six years of living in England. Theme The theme of the book is an individual against society, because Aman and his mother got locked up for crossing the border. They got in trouble for trying to leave Afghanistan because of their race. The persecution they suffered due to their race was a struggle against society. Being detained for illegally entering England was also a struggle against society. Recommendation I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about a family trying to escape a bad country. I recommend this book to both males and females ages fourteen and up because of the content and the mild violence in storyline. I do not recommend this book to anyone who does not like war books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Camryn

    Shadow by Michael Morpurgo is a moving story of a sniffer dog, who was separated from her British Unit, and a 14-year old boy, named Aman, trying to escape a war-ridden Afghanistan. This book is a heart-rending, suspenseful story about an unexpected friendship. "I think she is more like a friend than a dog, like a friendy shadow that does not want to leave us. You never lose your shadow." (pg.103) Shadow's theme leans toward the importance of friendship during rough times. Aman's friendship wit Shadow by Michael Morpurgo is a moving story of a sniffer dog, who was separated from her British Unit, and a 14-year old boy, named Aman, trying to escape a war-ridden Afghanistan. This book is a heart-rending, suspenseful story about an unexpected friendship. "I think she is more like a friend than a dog, like a friendy shadow that does not want to leave us. You never lose your shadow." (pg.103) Shadow's theme leans toward the importance of friendship during rough times. Aman's friendship with Matt turns out to be vital to his and his Mum's fate, as well as his friendship with Sergeant Brodie. I gave this book 4 stars because it does truly show the importance of a friendship in difficult times and what it means to have an undying bond. Also because of the suspense. A lot of the book was flashbacks to when Aman and Shadow were escaping the war. I especially liked those because of the suspense. You were always on your toes waiting for the next thing to happen. It was fun. However, I gave it a 4 and not a 5 because I can't relate. I can't relate to a war-bonded friendship with a sniffer dog and honestly, I hope I never can. Shadow by Michael Morpurgo is a stunning and heart-wrenching story of an undying friendship. I highly suggest this book/author for people who love suspense, books about war, and friendships between humans and animals.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Renata

    A fictitious account set around the true story of a sniffer dog who got separated from her handler in an explosion. Presumed dead, she was found fourteen months later living with locals - renamed "Shadow" since she kept following them around. The book provides beautiful insights into the lives of service dogs and is written in a very simplistic manner to be readable for children, and heartwarming for adults. The numerous sketches that take you through the story add to the beauty of the book. Whe A fictitious account set around the true story of a sniffer dog who got separated from her handler in an explosion. Presumed dead, she was found fourteen months later living with locals - renamed "Shadow" since she kept following them around. The book provides beautiful insights into the lives of service dogs and is written in a very simplistic manner to be readable for children, and heartwarming for adults. The numerous sketches that take you through the story add to the beauty of the book. Whether you have ever owned a pet or not, read this book to know more about these dogs - We owe this much to our canine soldiers.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Sellick

    Matt's best friend Aman has been living in the UK as an asylum seeker, but is currently being held with his mother in a detention centre. Matt is unable to visit so he convinces his grandfather to meet with Aman. Once inside, Aman tells Matt's grandad about his escape from war-torn Afghanistan to the UK. I liked this book. It wasn't quite a 4* for me, but it was a good book that is very relevant to today. As with many Michael Morpurgo books it seems, this would be a great way to introduce childre Matt's best friend Aman has been living in the UK as an asylum seeker, but is currently being held with his mother in a detention centre. Matt is unable to visit so he convinces his grandfather to meet with Aman. Once inside, Aman tells Matt's grandad about his escape from war-torn Afghanistan to the UK. I liked this book. It wasn't quite a 4* for me, but it was a good book that is very relevant to today. As with many Michael Morpurgo books it seems, this would be a great way to introduce children to difficult topics.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is a very powerful and moving book about conflict, belonging and friendship. I particularly liked the use of changing first person perspectives for the chapters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Keeley

    This book was really good when things were tough they gained hope and I enjoy that

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