by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Hardcover, 1991



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New York : Toronto : New York : Atheneum ; Collier Macmillan Canada ; Maxwell Macmillan International Pub. Group, 1991. $17.99.


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.


Texas Bluebonnet Award (Nominee — 1994)
Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 1994)
Sequoyah Book Award (Nominee — Children's — 1994)
Great Stone Face Book Award (Winner — 1993)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — 1993)
Buckeye Children's & Teen Book Award (Nominee — Grades 3-5 — 1995)
Newbery Medal (Medal Winner — 1992)
Nutmeg Book Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 1994)
Mark Twain Readers Award (Winner — 1994)
Bluestem Award (Nominee — 2015)
Nēnē Award (Nominee — 1994)
Nevada Young Readers' Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 1994)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 1994)
Land Of Enchantment Book Award (Winner — Children's — 1994)
Golden Archer Award (Winner — 1992)
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Nominee — 1993)
Flicker Tale Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 1994)
Maine Student Book Award (Winner — 1993)

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144 p.; 22 cm

Media reviews

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
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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
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The Five Owls
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
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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.
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User reviews

LibraryThing member MarthaSohl
This is a story of an eleven year old boys devotion to a mistreated dog that really pulls at the heartstrings. The boy does everything he can to save the dog he has named Shiloh from his abusive owner while hiding the dog. The dog is badly injured by another dog and must have medical attention to
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save his life. The boys parents are then pulled into helping the boy and the dog, but insist they must tell the owner they have the dog. The boy ends up with the dog because he catches the dogs owner in the act of killing a doe out of season. The boy actually blackmails the dogs owner. The owner comes to see the strenght of the boys love for the dog and learns something about character from the boy. The boy does keep the runaway dog and he does blackmail the dogs owner, but it all seems like the right thing to do and the only way to save a defenseless dog.

I could not put this book down. It was like going to a bullfight and cheering for the bull. Laws and rules are not always equal and just. This innocent dogs life was saved by the boy and Shiloh became a valued member of the family. This story has conflict for the boy because he knows not to lie and he knows he is lying but he carries this burden because he knows what will happen to the dog if he goes back to his owner.

Good classroom extensions would be to show how one lie usually leads to another. It usually takes another lie to cover the first one and so on. It is also hard to carry that quilt. Another good extension might be discussing the devotion and responsibilty the boy felt for the dog.
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LibraryThing member coko_1982
I read this book while doing observation in a second grade class. The teacher asked me to read with one of her excellerated readers. We partner read the book over a period of time, each time I observed their class.

The story is about a boy who finds a beagel who has been abused by it's owner. After
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finding out who the owner was the boy was forced to return him, but the dog ran away from home back to Mark, the boy. Mark tries to keep him a secret from his family and friends so that he doesn't have to return him again. When the beagle is attacked by another dog, all of his family is aware that Mark was hiding him. He doesn't want to give him back so he works out a deal with the original owner to get to keep Shiloh.

This is a very touching book. When we were done reading the book, the student drew me a picture of Shiloh.
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LibraryThing member bibliophile26
Set in rural West Virginia, a boy takes in a runaway dog. The only problem is the boy knows the owner, who wants the dog back. A slow starter, but proved to be an okay story. I'm not quite sure why it was deserving of the Newbery Medal.
LibraryThing member marisam5
Shiloh was a great book. It is about a boy who finds a dog in need of his love. The dog is namd shiloh and belongs to an evil man named Judd Travers. Marty the boy is fightnig to keep Shiloh for himself.
Shiloh is a great book for all ages and all animal lovers.
LibraryThing member michellehef
The story Shiloh it is about a boy that finds a dog that looks like it has been hurt and does not trust people. The dog is owned by one of the boys a guy that chains his dogs up and treats them bad. The boy’s dad makes him take the dog back to his owner. Then the dog runs away again this time the
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boy does not tell anyone and goes and hides the dog in the woods and builds him a pen and takes food up to the dog that he sneaks out of the house. The dog gets hurt and the boy’s parents find out that he was hiding the dog. He goes and works for the guy that owns the dog to so he will get to keep the dog.

I really enjoyed the story of Shiloh. The fact that I would not like to see a dog that was hurt by it owner and I would want to save the dog from the guy that was being so mean to him. I have two dogs and the dogs are like a part of my family so I could not image having to worry someone was going to hurt the dog that I love. The story had a person verse person conflict.

The book could be used in a class room with older children to show them that not all people treat there animals right. The book could also be used to show that you need to tell parents what is going on and not hide things from them like Marty did in the story by hiding the dog because someone or something could get hurt.
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LibraryThing member goodnightmoon
I wasn't looking forward to a book about a boy and his dog (I don't get that type of relationship at all), but I was pleased to discover that this book was less about the bond (which was automatic and natural) and more about Marty's internal struggle to do what's "right" - whatever that is in this
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case. It was a great dilemma that drove the simple story. Marty's character is full of integrity, providing a fantastic model for kids and adults alike.
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LibraryThing member ashdawn21
When a young comes across a young beagle in the woods behind his home, its love at first sight, but little does he know that the beagle belongs to Judd Travers, the alcoholic and dog abuser , that lives down the street. So the boy trys to keep Shiloh hiden in a shed he makes. Thats when things
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start to get out of hand!

This is another one of my all time favorite books! I cry everytime I read this one because I have such a soft side for animals.

I could have my students tell about what they would do if they were in the same situation that the boy was in. Or I could have them draw a picture of something they would be willing to fight for and tell about it.
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LibraryThing member 1rh01gro
the shiloh is about a dog and a boy yhey both have a relationship with eachother. Also they stay by each other.
LibraryThing member munchkin49
This is the story of a boy and a dog and the confllicts they have to encounter together. When the boy sees a dog being treated badly by his owner, he is very angry. He wants his father to take the dog away. His father informs him that the law is on the side of the owner. Then when the dog follows
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the boy home, the boy hides the dog and tries to keep it a secret from his family as well as the owner. He know that if his father finds out he will take the dog back to the mean owner. When his secret is revealed, the boy tries to buy the dog but has no money and neither do his parents. Then one day the boy sees the owner shoot a deer out of season and uses that to aquire an agreement with the owner , to work for him until he has earned the dog. But the boy does not trust the owner and is afraid that once the work is finished, the owner will not let him have the dog.
This is a great book for teaching conflict. This book is full of the different types of conflict. It is the type of story that is hard to put down. I really like the story.
This would be a great story to use when teaching the different types of conflicts. I would have the students reread tthe story and then we would work together to find all the different types of conflict. Another extention I could use with this book is have the students talk about their pets, whether they are alive or just toys. Then maybe write about what type of pet they would like to have. The other thing I would do is talk about what they would do if they saw a person, adult or child, abuse an animal.
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LibraryThing member daffyduck24
This is a book about a little boy who finds a dog in the woods and falls in love with him. Unfortunately the dog belongs to the mean man Judd Travers. Marty didn't want Shiloh to stay with Judd so they ran away, hiding Shiloh. In the end Marty got to keep Shiloh because Judd knew Marty would turn
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him in for illegal operations.
Shiloh is a book that just cannot be described in a few sentences. This is such a great book with many lessons to learn from it. I will be reading this to my class and to my son.
In the classroom I would read this book to the students, reading a chapter a day. When we were done with the book I would see what the children learned from the book. Another idea would be to take the children to an animal shelter and let them see the effects abuse have on animals and teach them that it isn't right.
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LibraryThing member CLCrothers
Shiloh is about a boy (Marty) that finds a bog by a bridge. The dog ends up beloging to a guy named Judd Travers, that is a hunter in the town and is mean to his dogs. Marty ends up hiding the dog in the woods behind his house when the dog runs away the second time. Shiloh gets hurt out in the
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woods when he is attacked by another dog and he is taken to a doctor. When Judd finds out he demands that Marty give Shiloh back when the dog gets better. Marty ends up making a deal with Judd so that he can keep Shiloh.

As a mother of two boys who love animals, especially dogs, I can relate to this story. My children and I have rescued many dogs that were abused or abandoned. There have been times when we could not help the dog in question, and that was very upsetting to us. On the other hand, when we were able to help other dogs, it felt good, very rewarding.

As a classroom extension I would have my students pick an activity like a penny drive to raise money to donate to a local animal shelter.
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LibraryThing member DLWilson1831
This book is about a boy named Marty who meets a dog (Shiloh) on a bridge one day. He really grows to love the dog and then finds that Shiloh belongs to a man named Judd Travers. Judd is known in the town to be mean toward dogs. This worries Marty to the point that he hides Shiloh, so Judd cannot
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be mean to him. When Judd finds out he tells Marty that he wants the dog back. Marty makes a deal with Judd to keep the dog.

I thought this story was a great story of good hearted little boy. He let his love for his dog help him gain the courage to stand up to a mean old man. This was a joy to read. I read the book very quickly because every page kept me turning to the next one.

An extension idea would be to show the students how to construct paper mache. Have the students pick a character out of the book and make a paper machet puppet to go along with the story.
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LibraryThing member lp118825
This book is about a young boy named Marty who gets a dog named Shiloh. He later then finds out that Shiloh really belongs to a man by the name of Judd who is known for being cruel to dogs. In return, Marty hides Shiloh. Judd then tells Marty that he wants Shiloh back, but Marty makes a deal with
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Judd to keep Shiloh.

Personal reaction: This book reminds alot of books written a long time ago. It reminds me of when I was young, when in that time, we didn't have video games or ipods. We were always adventourous playing outside as Marty was in the story.

Classroom Extensions: I would have students draw a picture of their pet or pets. If they do not have a pet, draw a picture of what kind of pet they would like to have. I would also have my students write in their journals the summary, their favorite part, and why.
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LibraryThing member debnance
Marty finds a runaway dog and he instantly falls in love. The dog has not run away without good reason; his owner, Judd Travers, disciplines his dogs by kicking them and starving them.

The dog is returned to his owner, but when the dog runs away again, Marty can’t bear to send the dog, who Marty
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names Shiloh, back to such a life. Instead Marty hides Shiloh in the woods behind his house and tells what becomes a nest of lies to his parents, his friends, and the dog’s owner.

Of course, Marty is soon found out and Judd Travers is determined to have the dog returned to him. But Marty catches Travers hunting deer out of season and at last has a way to obtain Shiloh for his own. As a part of the agreement, Marty goes to work for Travers. The two talk each day and Marty learns more of Travers. Gradually, they forge a relationship that enables them to get along.
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LibraryThing member BooXO789
This book had scary and happy parts but I still liked it.
LibraryThing member ac008233
This is a book about a boy who falls in love with a dog . Unfortunatly, the dog does not belong to him. It belongs to a cruel man who treats the dog badly. The boy can not bear to return the dog, so the boy and the owner works out a way he can keep him.
This book is wondefully written. It is a page
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turner. I remember reading this book in the sixth grade. I loved it then, and I love it now.
This is a must read for childen who are ready for chapter books. I think after reading this book it would be fun for childen to create their own Shiloh with construction paper and markers.
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LibraryThing member mkeenan
This is a story about selfless sacrifice. Marty is followed home by a dog and quickly becomes attached naming him Shiloh. Marty has to accomplish many tasks before the dog will be his. A great lesson in perseverance.

I liked this book because it teaches a lesson. Loyalty and hard work will always be
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An extension for this book could be to have young readers try and predict what will happen as the book unfolds.

Another extension could be to create some community awareness by having the kids visit the local shelter and help with some of the animals abandoned there.
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LibraryThing member tpedroza
When Marty adventures into the woods one day, thinking about target practice, he discovers a shy Beagle following him. He suspects that the dog has been mistreated, and even has a suspect in mind, but he feels helpless when his parents insist that the dog is returned to his lawful owner. When the
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dog arrives at Marty's house a second time, he feels obligated to try to help him, but how will he convince his parent's and the dog's owner that he and the Beagle belong together?
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LibraryThing member hammy_volleyball6
Read it for ever agoo but it a good book
LibraryThing member chblondie97
I really like this book I really think that it is a really touching story!!! I felt really bad about the dog because who knows he might have been really hurt and beaten!!! I hate dog abusers!!
LibraryThing member mlsullivan
Shiloh was a good book for third grade and up. It was a chapter book about a young boy who wants to find a good home for a sad dog, Shiloh.
LibraryThing member acwheeler
Shiloh is a sweet story about a boy named Marty who comes across a young beagle in the backyard of his home. It is love at first sight and also big trouble when these two come across each other. Shiloh belongs to Martys mean neighbor Judd who treats his dogs badly. So when Shiloh runs away from
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Judd to Marty, Marty decides to hide him and protect him from Judd. Martys secret becomes to big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judds anger. Marty has to end up working hard for Judd to finally keep Shiloh which ends up in a great learning experience.
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LibraryThing member mlcraft
This is a sweet story for strong beginner readers about a boy who finds a dog that has been mistreated and his attempt to save the dog while having to hide him from everyone. Marty has to tell lies, stretch the truth, and find ways to keep Shiloh healthy and well while keeping him a secret. It is a
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story of triumph and perserverence as well as a lesson in disguise. Recommended to all.
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LibraryThing member chscherff
Shiloh is about a boy who finds a dog who is badly beaten on the side of the road. The boy adopts the dog, but does not have a lot of money so he keeps it a secret from his parents. In the end the boy ends up being able to keep the dog after he works in order to pay the bad owner for him.
LibraryThing member meallen1
This book was a historical fiction chapter book. The type of book is fictional. There was no art in this book accept for the front cover, which was a picture of the little boy and his dog. The book is about a boy who lives in a very small town in Virginia. One day he finds a dog and and names it
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Shiloh. The dog ended up belonging to the neighbor who abuses animals. So he hid shiloh up in the woods. The neighbor eventually finds out and makes the boy work to keep the dog. He ends up getting Shiloh for free because the neighbor becomes hos friend. The reading level is fourth or fifth grade. The curricular connection is history and language.
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