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SHILOH
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on April 24, 2004
Shiloh is a beautiful book! Its a true story, and it was made when the author came home from a vacation. During this vacation, she met a female beagle who was abused, and she couldn't get the dog out of her mind. So she created this book. The book became a big success, and the female beagle eventually found a home. In the third book of the trilogy, the back page has a picture of the beagle, looking fat and happy.
Shiloh is a fantastic book because it opens the eyes of young readers, on how dogs don't live happy lives like they thought. They may start looking around for dogs living on chains, and when they see that, they think of Shiloh. They grow up and learn more about the plight of abused animals, and they're the people who'll change the world for pets. I am now 17 years old, and I still read the trilogy over and over, and tear up in many parts. I read this book as a young kid, and I grew up with it. I would highly recommend it to anyone I meet, especially people who are in contact with dogs who are starving and being neglected by their owners.
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on March 11, 2004
The book I just read was Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Set in West Virginia. This story tells a tale of friendship. Marty is a character who is helpful to others, especially to a dog named Shiloh. Shiloh is known to be hopeful. Marty wants Shiloh but there is someone holding him back.
This book is a must read! The book brings your hopes up so much that they will want to keep turning the pages to see if he gets Shiloh. Shiloh and Marty go on adventures together together to form a great relationship. The reader becomes emotionally connected to the dog. The connection would be so great that it would change your mind about getting a beagle. Beagles like Shiloh can fill your heart with warmth at first sight.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a great author with great respect. Phyllis got into writing about Shiloh because she saw a beagle on the side of the road abused. She wrote first book when she was five. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was so into writing that she quit graduate school to start writing full time. This book was so great that I think anyone would like Shiloh even if they don't like dogs.
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on December 18, 2003
It is about a boy named Marty and a dog named Shiloh. During this book, Marty sees a dog that is lost and immediatly likes him. He names him Shiloh, because he finds him near the Old Shiloh schoolhouse. He brings the dog home and his parents say "Judd Travers lost his dog". Judd Travers is a mean person, he kicks his dogs! They give him back and a couple days later he comes back and Marty builds a pen for him and doesn't tell his parents because he doesn't want to give him back to Judd. Then his mom sees him and she says she will give him one day to figure out what to do. Then his dad finds out and freaks. Soon the Baker's german shepard comes and bites Shiloh close to death, the Preston's take him to Doc Murphy and he takes care of Shiloh. Then a person tells Judd and Judd comes to Marty's house and yells at him. If you want to find out what happens next read the book. My favorite part of the book is how Phyllis R. Naylor makes the accent perfect for West Virginia. I also enjoyed how she describes the characters. Marty has a nice relationship with Shiloh, one that all kids and up will enjoy. This was a school assignment, but I would still read it!
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on May 28, 2003
Shiloh, by Phyllis Naylor, is a story of boy and a dog. Marty, the boy, is walking when he sees a hurt, hungry dog by Shiloh School. He becomes attached to it and names it Shiloh (after the school). Only later he is devastated to learn Shiloh belongs to Judd Travis, a mean man who mistreats animals and hunts out of season. Marty is forced to give him back to Judd until one day when Shiloh runs away again, and returns to Marty. Marty hides him at his hill, giving him food and starts building up lies.
The idea of this book is that it is better to tell the truth than to build up lies to get something. Marty lies and lies to keep Shiloh, giving hard earned food to him.
Shiloh is written in a first person style. You can tell Marty doesn't have much of an education because of his grammar. For example, "A lie don't seem a lie anymore when it's meant to save a dog, right and wrongs all mixed up in my head". Another example is "I figure a dog's the same as a kid. You don't treat a kid right, he'll run off first chance he gets, too".
Marty's world takes place in the hills behind Friendly, West Virginia. You can tell that Marty lives in an old house and isn't having the easiest time with money. However, the family is still happy, and works hard for their food (which he gives Shiloh) that they eat.
Marty is an average 11 year old boy. He is determined to get what he wants, and has a certain way to reach his goal (even if he must lie).
Shiloh is a beagle, hungry and tired at first. He never cries and always behaves. He is extremely cute, and as you get to know him throughout the story, you can't help but wish he was your dog.
The book Shiloh is based on an event Phyllis Naylor went through, so the book is realistic fiction. When Phyllis Naylor visited West Virginia, she saw the saddest looking dog in her life. So, she wrote a book about it. Later, her friends in West Virginia told her they found the dog, took him in, and named him Clover.
Shiloh is a touching story I suggest for all dog lovers, or simply someone who wants a good story. Shiloh is the kind of book that makes you want to continue to read no matter what time or place. You constantly flip the pages.
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on March 27, 2003
Jamie Keseloff
March 27, 2003
Period 2
Shiloh Book Review
Shiloh was written by Phyllis Renolds Naylor. A poor hopeless little beagle named Shiloh is owned by an evil hunter named Judd who treats Shiloh very bad. The neighbor boy, named Marty feels so bad for the dog and try everything to save him.
In one of the chapters, it tells how Shiloh gets hurt real bad and almost dies. Shiloh happened to be in an area when another dog attacks him. Marty hears Shiloh yelp and ran out of his house in the middle of the night to see what was happening. Shiloh's right leg was almost torn off. Marty's Dad rushed after him and they took Shiloh to the nearest Vetenarian. A few days later, Shiloh was doing better.
My favorite part of the book is when Marty's Sister, Dara Lynn followed him to check on Shiloh. Marty knew his Sister hated snakes, so he made up a story and said there was a twenty-nine foot snake. She believed him and ended up going back home.
I chose this book because I love dogs, especially Beagles. Shiloh is such an adorable, cute and fluffy animal. I can read this story over and over again and never be bored. This is one book I won't ever forget.
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Although this is a "boy loves dog" story in the truest sense of the term, "Shiloh" adds the dimension of animal abuse that is a contemporary concern of all that love animals. Marty is a compassionate soul whose "hunting" is more of the investigative nature than the actual killing of an animal. This aspect of the boy's character is one of the strengths especially in light of the stereotypical view of all young boys in rural America having a passion for killing. Showing that it is just as "manly" to have concern for animals, as it to hunt them, is a concept that Ms. Naylor has cleverly presented.
By having the characters speak in the language and manner of the West Virginia hills, Naylor has added authenticity to her prose. The conversations between the respective personalities are both insightful and entertaining. As I read the book, I felt as if these were real people speaking to me in their natural manner.
Even though the principal is a boy, I am sure that all children, regardless of gender, can relate to this boy's courage and ingenuity. Marty's devotion to the animal is certainly an attribute that all should aspire to have for others.
Because of the dog's presence in the family, there are subtle changes in the family. Mother and father discover maturity in their son that hey had not seen before; the boy becomes closer to his younger sisters; and Marty realizes that he possesses perseverance and resourcefulness that would benefit him for the rest of his days. Even an "enemy" of Marty becomes a respectful acquaintance.
When I first began reading the book, I thought that it would take me through familiar territory. However, I was pleasantly surprised at its originality.
I cared for this boy and his dog.
Children will also have these same feelings.
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on January 31, 2002
I just finished Phyllis Reynolds Naylor book Shiloh and it was amazing. This author was brilliant. It talked about sadness, excitement, and love. There is a little boy that is 12 years old and his name is Marty. One day he's walking down the creek and he sees this dog following him and when he stopped the dog stopped, so he turned around and said come here. The dog was scared half to death. So he just walked home and the dog followed him. Marty showed the dog to his dad and the dad said Judd's dog was missing. Judd's the bad character in this story. Anyway the dad says we're going over to Judd's house to see if it was his dog.
or not.Once they bring the dog to Judd, the dog came back to Marty.So Marty decides to make a pen for the dog in the backyard. Judd comes over and asks if they had seen the dog. Marty lies. So for putting the dog in the backyard the dog gets
hurt by a sheperd dog. A few days after that Judd comes back and see's his dog like that. The dad says he got in a fight with the german sheperd.Then he says we will take care of the dog until he gets better. After Sunday Judd comes to pick up the dog and he leaves, but Judd decides to give them the dog.
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on November 3, 2001
To keep Shiloh, a white beagle with brown and black spots, Marty Preston has to do more than keep a water dish filled and train his dog not to go the bathroom indoors. He has to build a special pen, buy food with his own allowance, and even do some odd jobs for extra money. Also, as Shiloh is really someone else's dog, Marty has to lie and keep secrets from his parents and friends. He excuses his actions with the fact that Shiloh is better off with him than with the abusive original owner--which is, I know, justification enough for most readers. The novel is not that simplistic, though: Marty eventually realizes that he will have to come clean, even if it will mean losing his dog.
The characters in "Shiloh" are well-drawn and realistic. It was nice to read about complex people who love animals, grow up with guns and occasionally hunt for their own food. Their West Virginian dialect is a pleasure to read. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's observations, through Marty's eyes, really seem like an eleven-year-old boy's, not a grown woman writer's. Moreover, her pace, like her integrity as a storyteller, never lags.
This is a great book for teaching children not just about dogs and other pets, but about right and wrong. Nothing is purely white or purely black in this novel, not even the "villian," Judd Travers. There is a powerful scene near the climax when Marty starts asking himself questions about what is ethical and what is not--about whether or not the ends justify the means. All the scenes that follow show how a young boy, through his love for his dog, learns life lessons about maturity, responsibility and respect.
Despite all this complexity, the lessons of "Shiloh", like its theme, are very simple. They are the universal values that all children pick up for themselves whenever they truly experience life.
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on October 11, 2001
"Shiloh," the novel by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, received the 1992 Newbery Medal "for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." While the book is certainly ideal for younger readers, don't be misled by either the award or the publisher's marketing approach: this moving, well-written book is good for adults, too.
"Shiloh" takes place in rural West Virginia. It tells the story of Marty, an 11-year old boy who seeks to shelter an abused beagle from his hard-hearted owner. Reynolds lets Marty tell his story in the first person, and her excellent prose captures the rhythms of rural West Virginia speech (and I say this because I spend a lot of time there with my extended family). Reynolds had me hooked with her opening sentence: "The day Shiloh come, we're having us a big Sunday dinner." Reynold's skill at rendering American vernacular speech evokes, in my mind, favorable comparisons to such authors as Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker.
"Shiloh" is rich with the details of life in that region: the food, the hunting, and social customs. Reynolds creates a wonderful portrait of a poor but loving family. But the heart of the book is the way she captures the special bond between a boy and his dog.
"Shiloh" is an "issue" book in the sense that it deals with animal cruelty, but Reynolds wisely tells a realistic story without overtly preaching at the reader. But the book still raises very relevant issues. Marty's moral dilemma is not presented as an easy "black-and-white" situation. Shiloh's owner, Judd, is not a cardboard villain. Marty's ethical and theological inner struggle is comparable to that of the title character in Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Like Huck, Marty is a compelling hero: courageous, loyal, and thoughtful.
In short, "Shiloh" is a contemporary classic, a book with true moral and psychological resonance. Naylor's portrayal of the enduring ties between a child and a beloved animal is comparable to such enduring works as John Steinbeck's "The Red Pony." This moving book deserves a wide audience.
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Just when you thought there are no more stories about a boy fighting for his dog, here's another one; and a great one it is! "Shiloh" tells of a disadvantaged boy named Matt from the rural South who repeatedly witnesses how a small hunting dog is abused by his master, a rough old man who doesn't seem to get along with any of his neighbors. Determined to save the suffering animal, Matt first hides, then offers to buy the dog, but the mean old man won't hear of it. Finally the man agrees that Matt can work off what the dog is worth. The surprise ending is beautiful! -- This is one of very few books written specifically for 9-12 year old children, containing vocabulary that can actually be comprehended by a child. I have used many so called "children's novels" which required explaining hundreds of vocabulary words; "Shiloh" is a rare exception. This book receives my highest recommendation! -- A film version of this book exists, but it does NOT cover all of the story. Many scenes are completely omitted, along with other discrepancies.
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