Age: 9+

Published: October 2011

ISBN: 9780007339617

Format: Paperback

Other editions

  • Hardback: 9780007339594
  • Ebook: 9780007423798
  • Audio CD: 9780007377503
A Michael Morpurgo Month Pick!

When a western dog shows up outside the caves in Afghanistan where Aman lives with his mother, Aman is initially 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 decide to make a bid for freedom, the dog Aman has called Shadow will not leave their side. Soon it becomes clear: the destinies of boy and dog are linked, and always will be…

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

“Passionate and touching.” Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading

From Shadow to Private Peaceful, A Medal for Leroy to Why the Whales Came, Michael Morpurgo talks about the theme of war in his books


  • Winner Oxfordshire Book Awards 2011
  • Shortlisted Salford Children’s Book Award 2011
  • Longlisted Carnegie Greenaway 2011
  • Shortlisted Shrewsbury Book Award 2011
  • Runner-up Dudley Teen Book Award 2012

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Translated Editions

  • Shadow (Portuguese)
  • Shadow (Bulgarian)
  • Shadow (Simplified Chinese)
  • Shadow (French)
  • Shadow (Italian)
  • Shadow (Korean)
  • Shadow (Polish)

Related Activities

Shadow Word Search

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Shadow Criss-cross Puzzle

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Shadow Anagrams

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The perfect start to your ereader library

The perfect start to your ereader library

Were you lucky enough to get an ereader this Christmas? Our Classic Morpurgo eBook Collection features Kaspar, Born to Run, The Butterfly Lion, Alone On A Wide Wide Sea, Farm Boy and Running Wild. It’s the perfect start to your ebook library!

Or why not get started with this wonderful collection of war stories? Our Morpurgo War Stories eBook Collection features Private Peaceful, Little Manfred, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Toro! Toro!, Shadow and An Elephant in the Garden.


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Shadow is a very touching book and suitable for all ages above 9 years old. I first read when I was 9 and then I read it again recently
(I am II) and it moved me in quite a different way (in the way I understood it). It is a compelling book and “unputdownable”.

When I was 8, my dad bought “Shadow” for me from the book fair. My dad is an Army solider and wanted me to read it, just by reading the back of the cover. I don’t like reading much, but as soon as I got to page 1 of this book, I was already able to tell that I loved it. For anybody who is not sure if the book is good, IT IS AMAZING!!!!!! I love how the point of view switches from person to person, and yet you can understand it. This book is inspiring and thoughtful and abstract. I LOVE IT

So tragic and I am from Afghanistan so this book reminded me so much of my country. Anyway this book was really good

I think this story is really sad. but really good job

Shadow is a fantastic book about a boy called Aman and his Mother who travel to England to live with their Uncle. Shadow is all about is about all the dangers that Aman and his Mother with a shagge old army sniffer dog, that Aman names Shadow. Aman names her Shadow because she always shadows them. I haven’t finished the book yet I’m on page 167 so I don’t know what happens at the end but it is going to be very exciting.

I just love this book. The best book Micheal Muporgo has written. The story is really heart touching. I just love it. Aman and the other characters are really loving. I just love the part when they all fight for Aman and his mother . M.M is the best author and Shadow is the best book.


shadow is a great book to read and it makes a great childrens book as I am eleven years old. Michael Morpurgo is a great author!!

Shadow is an amazing book! Shadow is a dog (the dog on the front cover). Aman is the boy next to the army guard (whatever you call it)Well that’s who i think Aman looks like. The book is soooo GOOD!

Micheal Morpurgo, I can’t wait till i read your next book!
So far so good.
My friends recommed your book, Shadow. And they were right Shadow is a fantastic book to read and recommed to others!
I rate it 10 out of 10 (10/10).

This book is a sad, happy and a book you don’t want to put down.
I love these books. My friend told me that these books are really interesting.
What wonderful friends and author I have!


awesome and one of the most touching books i have ever read

Absolutely fantastic love the way he shows the bond between shadow and Aman.

Shadow is an amazing book!! I loved it a lot! It brought me to tears. I was wondering if it was based on a true story?  I hope you are working on a second book! smile

i love this book because it’s amazing

this book is so interesting I give it a 4/5 smile Does anyone know when it takes place?

I really enjoyed the book shadow it’s one of my favourite books ever. I recommend lots of other poeple should read it as well.

hello what is the hook in the book of shadow and I do love your story cool

thank you people for the information and thank you micheal for this book , i am doing an essay about this book and this is truly an inspirational book to read

  I have read many of your books including the Butterfly Lion and Kensuki’s Kingdom and Shadow has to be my favourite! I love the plot and my favourite character has to be Shadow or the soldier who helped Aman. I loved every word and I almost cried. Next I am going to read Born to Run and War Horse. Great read, I would deffinately recommend to anyone who loves animals and reading. This tale is very moving and I loved the way Michael handled this delicate subject. He is an amazing author!!!

Shadow is a brilliant book Aman a boy from Afghanistan he and his mum are forced to leave when there is war. They go to England on a dangerous jouney Shadow is a lost war dog. They meet the man who used to own her and he gets her back.Shadow is the best book i ever read.Michael Murpurgo is the best author EVER
Shadow is a heart-felt tale, following the story of Aman, a young boy, escaping from the violence of Afghanistan to the safety of Britain; only to be taken away again. This story explains in an extremely subtle way how much friendship and strength can guide you and no matter how much you lose you will always have someone there for you! The plot reveals itself in such a manner that you are hooked from start to finish; so much so I finished it in one night, just to find out what happens! A highly reccommended book from my favourite author! A must read! Thanks Michael!
shadow is legend . its the best book i have ever read in front of born to run
An inspiring novel for all amazing book lovers. Michael Morpurgo's books definitely come from his soul. Shadow is the best book that I have ever read. Aman , his mother and shadow all go to live whith Amans uncle Mir but shadow goes back to the army because he is an X army dog. A must read book of the year. Entertainment that you will want to read over and over again. I really hope that they make this book into a film because this could change the ways of war.