shadow1.jpgShadow by Michael Morpurgo; illustrated by Christian Birmingham (Feiwel and Friends Book, an imprint of Macmillan, 2012). 14 year old Aman and his mother flee the horrors of war in Afghanistan and escape to England. But just as they are getting settled in their new home, Aman and his mother find themselves in a detention center. Their only hope is Aman’s friend Matt, Matt’s grandfather, and the dream of finding Shadow, Aman’s trusted and loyal canine companion. (Grades 5-8)

Award Status: Highly Commended, 2013

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Illustrator: Christian Birmingham

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