Shiloh (Shiloh Quartet #1)

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Author)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Shiloh Quartet
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 school-house.

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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Publishers Weekly

In the tradition of Sounder and Where the Red Fern Grows comes this boy-and-his-dog story set in rural West Virginia. When he finds a mistreated beagle pup, 11-year-old Marty knows that the animal should be returned to its rightful owner. But he also realizes that the dog will only be further abused. So he doesn't tell his parents about his discovery, sneaks food for the dog and gets himself into a moral dilemma in trying to do the right thing. Without breaking new ground, Marty's tale is well told, with a strong emphasis on family and religious values. This heartwarming novel should win new fans for the popular Naylor. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-- Marty Preston, 11, is a country boy who learns that things are often not what they seem, and that adults are not always "fair" in their dealings with other people. Marty finds a stray dog that seems to be abused and is determined to keep it at all costs. Because his family is very poor, without money to feed another mouth, his parents don't want any pets. Subsequently, there is a lot of conflict over the animal within the family and between Marty and Judd Travers, the dog's owner. Honesty and personal relations are both mixed into the story. Naylor has again written a warm, appealing book. However, readers may have difficulty understanding some of the first-person narration as it is written in rural West Virginian dialect. Marty's father is a postman--usually one of the better paying positions in rural areas--yet the family is extremely poor. There seems to be an inconsistency here. This title is not up to Naylor's usual high quality. --Kenneth E. Kowen, Atascocita Middle School Library, Humble, TX

Review quotes

* "A moving and powerful look at the best and worst of human nature."—"Booklist", starred review

Shiloh is a heartwarming book about Marty helping Shiloh through his tough life and doing anything for this little dog from saving his life to secretly keeping this dog.

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Guided Reading Level
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date
September 20, 2000
Shiloh Quartet
BISAC categories
JUV007000 - Juvenile Fiction | Classics
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV039220 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Values & Virtues
Library of Congress categories
West Virginia
Maine Student Book Award
Winner 1993 - 1993
Bluebonnet Awards
Winner 1994 - 1994
Young Reader's Choice Award
Winner 1994 - 1994
Grand Canyon Reader Award
Winner 1994 - 1994
Nene Award
Winner 1994 - 1994
Delaware Diamonds Award
Winner 1994 - 1995
Great Stone Face Book Award
Winner 1993 - 1994
Land of Enchantment Book Award
Winner 1993 - 1994
West Virginia Children's Book Award
Winner 1994 - 1994
Newbery Medal
Winner 1992 - 1992

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