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SHILOH [Mass Market Paperback]

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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May 2 1996
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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When 11-year-old Marty Preston chances upon a mistreated beagle pup in his hometown of Friendly, West Virginia, he is not prepared for the ethical questions he has to face. Should he return the dog to its owner, only to have the animal abused again? Should he tell his parents? Should he steal food to help the poor creature? Marty's efforts to cope with these questions provides the moral backbone for this story, which is presented in a language and manner that will be understood by third- and fourth-grade readers. The heart and beauty of this 1992 Newbery Medal winner lies in lessons children will take away with them. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This 1992 Newbery Medal winner revolves around an 1 1 -year-old boy who finds an abused dog near his West Virginia hills home; PW noted that this heartwarming novel should win new fans for the popular Naylor. Ages 812.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book is one of the most beautiful, moving and very Christian stories I have ever had the pleasure to read. The central character, Marty, is part of a Christian chain of events. Marty saves the adorable beagle pup's life. He is able to forgive the cruel man who beat and neglected the hound. Marty's parents and sisters are also loving, richly drawn and wonderful characters who add to the story. Mere words do not do this justice. It is and will remain a timeless classic.

A salute to the author -- in recent years I adopted a beagle from the shelter. She, like Shiloh, had been beaten and left to roam the streets. Shiloh was loosely based on a dog named "Clover" who, like Shiloh, was adopted into a loving home. (There is a large female beagle in my neighborhood named Shiloh. She's beautiful).

My beagle has been great medicine for the folks there and one nurse said she had gotten a beagle because she liked my dog. She couldn't think of a name for the dog, so I suggested "Clover," in honor of the literary Shiloh's real counterpart. "Clover, like in a good luck charm," I said at the time. I was delighted to learn days later she named her hound Clover. Shiloh is a continuum of love. It's great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Boy, a Beagle. . .and a Dilemma July 20 2000
What a wonderful book! I read it after my 11-year old son suggested it as a change from my usual reading fare of history and biography. It turned out to be much more than just a summertime reading became for me a deeply moving reading experience in its own right. I was quickly captivated by Marty and his family, Shiloh, the beagle, and yes, even the despicable Judd Travers.
The story is straightforward: Marty Preston is an eleven-year old boy living with his parents and two younger sisters in rural West Virginia. It is a close-knit, loving family with traditional values and a clearly defined set of rules to live by. His father is a mail carrier and his mother a homemaker.
One Sunday afternoon, as Marty is walking along a backwoods road, he spies a young beagle hiding under a bush. He calls to it, but the dog doesn't respond. When Marty walks away, the dog follows him. Marty tries to get the dog to come to him several times, but the animal, which has obviously been abused, cowers miserably. Finally, the dog happily comes to Marty when the boy whistles at him. Marty immediately falls in love with the dog, whom he names Shiloh. The little beagle responds with trust and affection. The boy quickly figures out that Shiloh belongs to Judd Travers, a local ne'er-do-well, and a man with an unsavory reputation for dishonesty, a hot temper, and animal abuse. Marty wants to keep Shiloh, to protect him from Judd. However, his parents insist he return the dog to its rightful owner, which Marty begrudgingly does.
Shiloh runs away from Judd a second time and finds his way back to Marty's house. This time, Marty vows to keep him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Both boys and girls will love Shiloh! May 31 2000
Shiloh is a wonderful example of realistic fiction for children. The story revolves around Marty, a small town boy in the hills of West Virginia. There isn't much money, and putting food on the table is difficult and all consuming for the adults of his community.
Marty spends his free time roaming the hills with his rifle, until he discovers Shiloh, a dog, whom he learns lives with constant abuse by his owner. Marty determines to rescue Shiloh and care for the dog he immediately becomes attached to. He finds, however, that simply wanting something, is not a determinant of taking possession: he is stunned that the abusive owner has rights, which is confusing and heartbreaking for him.
Throughout the story, Marty is confronted by moral issues which he must wrestle with as he focuses his attention on loving Shiloh and finding a way to make life better for the dog. In doing so, his values are questioned and his morality is strengthened. He must learn to solve moral dilemmas by analyzing the choices he has. He realizes that adults don't always do the right thing, nor do they always have the answers to questions. Most, important, he learns to recognize that he has the ability, within himself, to realize the resolve it takes to do the right thing in the face of adversity.
Young readers will experience these dilemmas with Marty, and the story provides youngsters with the opportunity to develop their own moral skills along with him.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shiloh March 4 2004
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Have you ever wanted something so bad but it just seems impossible? Well young Marty Peterson from West Virginia finds him self in this situation in this book Shiloh By Phyllis Naylor.
Phyllis Naylor takes you through the eye of Marty Peterson in this Newbery Award winning book Shiloh. Young Marty Peterson is desperate to take home a dog that he has found and is sure it has been abused. But his dad won't let him have it so Marty finally decides he will do any thing to save the dog. But if won't be easy when his dad refuses to let Marty have the dog. So finally he decides to hide the dog in an old shed that he has fixed up. But it still does not work. One day when Marty and his dad are taking the dog home he decides he will work for the dog at the dogs owner's house, Jud Travers. But the work is not so easy but he is sure he will not give up for the love of the dog Shiloh.
To find out how far Marty will go for the dog Shiloh You will have to read this great Newbery award-winning book Shiloh by Phyllis Naylor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars shiloh
Shiloh was a great book. It was about a dog who lived with this evil man. There wa a kid who saw the dog and he wanted It. One day what thekid does is thinking about the dog. Read more
Published on May 28 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A boy who went crazy about a dog
Shiloh is a very interesting book. It is the first book in the Shiloh series. The book is based on a kid called Marty who finds a beagle and names it Shiloh. Read more
Published on May 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Shiloh review for Miss O.
I thought this was a very good book. Most people would enjoy the story. It was entertaining and heartbreaking. The best part of the book was the end. It kept you in suspense. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Brittany Fleetwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Shiloh
I thought Shiloh was a good book. If you like dogs and rescue stories you'll like this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.
Published on May 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
Shiloh is a beautiful book! Its a true story, and it was made when the author came home from a vacation. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Ingrid
5.0 out of 5 stars shiloh
It was a good book becouse it was about a boy who liked a dog so much he would do anething for it. The only thing i did not like is when judd would kick or misstreat the... Read more
Published on April 23 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Shiloh
I think Shiloh is a good book because it has some action. I liked the part where Marty was working for Judd Travis so he can buy Siloh. Read more
Published on April 20 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Shiloh
I liked the book a lot because it has excitement and dogs. But they should add more action, and should put in more lessons for kids. They talked about Marty way too much. Read more
Published on April 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Shiloh
Shiloh is a great book! Judd Traverse is really mean to his dogs. He whips them and yells at them. Marty, is the kid that finds Shiloh at the Shiloh Schoolhouse. Read more
Published on April 20 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Shiloh
I liked the book a lot because Marty is taking care of Shiloh by bringing Shiloh food every day. Shiloh kept running away from Judd Travers because he was staving him and hurting... Read more
Published on April 20 2004
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