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Shiloh (1991)

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Series: Shiloh (1)

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When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

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Independent Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Awards: John Newbery Medal, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
  shelbycook101 | Apr 29, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Awards: John Newbery Medal, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
  connortodd | Apr 29, 2024 |

I read Shiloh primarily because it was the only book on the list that was checked in at the public library near my house. I didn't have much of a reaction to it. In fact, even though I'd never read it before, it felt like a rerun. I don't want to be too harsh because it is basically a good, solid story with strong characters and a lovable animal, but it didn't thrill me.

To me, the only remarkable thing about the book is how moral the Preston family is. We talked about ethics a lot in 550 last quarter and I can tell you that none of us used as fine a comb as Naylor's West Virginians (excepting Judd, of course). Marty feels terrible about every little lie he tells, every little trick he pulls to save Shiloh, every tiny offense. I haven't seen such rigorous values in a work of fiction in a long time.
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  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades 4-5
Awards: Bluestem Award (Nominee – 2015), Buckeye Children's & Teen Book Award (Winner – Grades 3-5 – 1995), Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (Nominee – 1994), Flicker Tale Award (Winner – 1994), Golden Archer Award (Winner – Original Golden Archer Award – 1992)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Winner – Intermediate Book – 1994)
Great Stone Face Book Award (Winner – 1992-1993), Land Of Enchantment Book Award (Winner – Children's – 1993-1994), Maine Student Book Award (Winner – 1993), Mark Twain Readers Award (Winner – 1993-1994), Massachusetts Children's Book Award (Winner – Winner – 1994), Nevada Young Readers' Award (Winner – Intermediate – 1994), Newbery Medal (Medal Winner – 1992), Nutmeg Book Award (Winner – Intermediate – 1994), Nēnē Award (Winner – 1994)
  carly.whitaker | Nov 16, 2023 |
I remember reading this book when I was in elementary, it was such a good book and filled me with joy whenever we read it. ( )
  florrrrr12 | Aug 31, 2023 |
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Book Summary-Shiloh is a story about an eleven year old boy named Marty and a beagle named Shiloh. Marty and Shiloh become best friends but there is one problem. Shiloh does not belong to Marty, he belongs to a mean man named Judd Travers. This particular summer Shiloh becomes very attached to Marty. Marty learns that Judd abuses his animals. Marty has to decide whether he should send Shiloh back to Judd Travers to be abused or keep him and treat him like a member of his own family. This compelling story shows the reader how Marty tranforms from a little boy to a young man.
Content Summary- Realistic fiction, sorrow, truth, compassion, and growing up
added by slgoodwin | editCEE 365, Stephanie Goodwin (Feb 8, 2011)
Kathie Cerra (The Five Owls, January/February 1992 (Vol. 6, No. 3))
Among the many fine qualities of this novel for the middle grades is the multilevel conflict that drives the plot. Marty Preston, eleven years old, lives a good but frugal life with his family in the hills of West Virginia. He has always wanted a dog, but the family could never afford to feed one. The seeds of the outer conflict emerge early in the story, when Marty comes upon a beagle in the woods. The dog is owned and mistreated by a cruel neighbor, Judd, who keeps beagles for hunting. Although Marty's father makes Marty return the dog to Judd, the beagle seeks out Marty a second time. Marty decides secretly to keep the dog, naming him Shiloh. The outer conflict hinges around Marty's efforts to keep Shiloh hidden, fed, and cared for without the knowledge of his family or of Judd. The inner conflict, which heightens suspense, centers around the several aspects of Marty's moral dilemma. Marty feels guilty about lying to his kind and loving parents, yet he knows that his father would make him return Shiloh to the rightful owner. He ponders whether keeping a dog that belongs to someone else is justified when the owner mistreats the dog. As the story unfolds, aspects of the outer conflict change. But it is Marty's love for Shiloh that continues to inform his actions. If, as John Gardner tells us in The Art of Fiction, vivid detail is the life blood of fiction, then Shiloh teems with life. It is the detail in Marty's first-person narrative that allows the reader to share his experience and feeling. Marty tells us what it feels like to first hold the squirming Shiloh, and he tells us how it feels to lie to his loving parents. We know Marty's perceptions through vivid sensory detail, and we participate in his inner life of thought and feeling. The style of this book convincingly reflects regional speech and is spare and inviting. Marty's hard work and courage and honesty bring about the resolution of the inner and outer conflicts that he faces.
added by kthomp25 | editThe Five Owls, Kathie Cerra

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Phyllis Reynolds Naylorprimary authorall editionscalculated
Moser, BarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed


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To Frank and Trudy Madden and a dog named Clover
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The day Shiloh come, we're having us a big Sunday dinner.
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When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

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There's nothing eleven-year-old Marty Preston enjoys more than spending time up in the hills behind his home near Friendly, West Virginia.

But this time is different. This time Marty sees a young beagle on the road past the old Shiloh schoolhouse.

Marty feels sure the dog is being abused by his owner. When the dog runs away to Marty's house, his parents say he must bring him back. But it hurts MArty to return the runaway dog to his cruel master.

That's when Marty secretly decides he'll do anything to save the dog he names Shiloh.

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