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Author of War Horse, and bestselling storyteller Michael Morpurgo touched our hearts with this beautiful story of a boy, his lost dog, and the lengths he would go to be reunited. This timely story of battle-scarred Afghanistan delivers a masterful portrait of war, love, and friendship.

With the horrors of war bearing down on them, Aman and his mother are barely surviving in an Afghan cave, and staying there any longer will end horribly. The only comfort Aman has is Shadow, the loyal spaniel that shows up from places unknown, it seems, just when Aman needs him most.

Aman, his mother, and Shadow finally leave the destroyed cave in hopes of escaping to England, but are held at a checkpoint, and Shadow runs away after being shot at by the police. Aman and his mother escape--without Shadow. Aman is heart-broken.

Just as they are getting settled as free citizens in England, they are imprisoned in a camp with locked doors and a barbed wire fence. Their only hope is Aman's classmate Matt, his grandpa, and the dream of finding his lost dog. After all, you never lose your shadow.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on September 4, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN-10: 0312606591
ISBN-13: 9780312606596
4 Book Reviews
  • zeke21
    zeke21Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 6:27 am55 stars
    This book was very good. The challenges of living in a place of war. The friendships that become in this story. This book is very exciting and it will make you want to keep reading. The story is very exciting and you will be able to read it pretty quickly. Overall this book is awesome. Plus, the book isn't only about a dog so you will be able to find other friendships in this story.
    • brannancreekside
      brannancreeksideThursday, May 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm
      I loved this book. This book wakes you up with a thrilling scary headline. I like how the book describes how the character is feeling when Amen is feeling. Later on in the book Shadow the dog runs into Amen who is living in a cave with his mom and grandma. When Amen finds out his mom and grandma does not like dogs they kick the dog out. I feel bad for the dog because he is now not being loved more than he was in the wild. When the grandma dies Amen and his mother are out to get to England where his uncle lives. they set off in the book and are shocked again by the stunning dog Shadow. Amen and his mom learn to adapt to the dog a little more. When Amen and his mom reach a place of war they find out {their dog} is actually a bomb smelling dog. They are both forced to leave Shadow and keep going on their journey. Finally after a while they reach London and live there for 6 years when they are taken from guards in a bright morning and are kept in jail there for a long time.
      • edmodo-5kxd4qvum7
        edmodo-5kxd4qvum7Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm55 stars
        This is another great book that I mentioned in my last book review for the book "War Horse." You should read this book, especially if you liked the book "War Horse."
        • sweredoski
          Mrs. SweredoskiTuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm55 stars
          This is a contemporary novel, set in modern times of warfare, Afghanistan. Yes, there is a dog in the story who does play a very important part, but there is so much more to this story. Be prepared to be happy, shocked, sad, and glad. Also, set aside time to read it from cover to cover. You won't be able to put it down or put it out of your mind.