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Shiloh Hardcover – Large Print, Feb 1 1995


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Books (February 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885885105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885885104
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)


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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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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 diversion...it 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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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 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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