Book Review: Shadow

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Shadow is a book about a young boy called Matt, he goes to visit his grandfather and tells him one night how his best friend Aman and mother have been put into some type of prison.

Matt convinces his grandfather to go and see Aman in this prison called ‘Yel’s Wood’, to talk to him. Aman explains why he’s in this place and tells grandfather that it has something to do with him being transported from Afghanistan and how he and his mother came to be asylum seekers. Aman tells grandfather his whole story, for example, when he was in Afghanistan the Taliban led them into the mountains and caves. He then goes on to say how their uncle had sent money off for them to go to England but it was only enough for him and his mother but there was one problem as he lived with his grandmother and his grandfather.

His father had passed away in the army – killed by the Taliban. Also, he says how they put his mother in prison and how the Taliban then killed his grandmother. Aman goes on for some time about how all the money was taken off them and how they found this dog which they named ‘Shadow’ but one day he came face to face with a British solider call Sergeant Brodie and Shadow was actually called Polly and was the Sergeant’s dog.

Then, the security kick grandfather out of the prison. Matt and grandfather put up a protest and grandfather wrote an article for the newspaper and many people came, including Sergeant Brodie and his daughter. Also, Matt’s parents came. Then, Matt found out he’d been sent out of the prison and onto a flight but when he told Sergeant Brodie he was told no there are no flights, there has been a volcanic eruption.

Then, Aman turned up and he stayed in Manchester for the rest of his life as an asylum seeker. 

This is just a short glimpse for you of the book. I really do recommend it, it’s a great book by a great author: Michael Morpurgo. There are many things I liked about the book; I think the main reasons were because it keeps you interested and, also, it paints a picture of what the situation, location and characters would be like in real-life.

There were a few parts which weren’t my type of genre but I still really enjoyed.

I recommend this book for 10 and upwards, mainly because you get a sense the author knows what he’s talking about. There are some quite difficult parts to understand in between the lines but it is a 5 star book so I do recommend it highly.

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