Wednesday, October 15, 2008

BOOK: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, 144 pages

Book Awards II Challenge: Newbery 1992; books to movie challenge

A beagle follows Marty home one day, and soon a boy and his dog cannot be separated. Only, there are a few problems. One, the dog belongs to mean Judd Travers who abuses his dogs. Two, Marty's family can barely afford food for themsleves, let alone to feed a stray dog. As Marty tries to find a way to save Shiloh, he faces some ethical dilemmas. Is a lie of ommision as bad a an outright lie? Does the abuse of the dog not override the ownership of the dog? How far will Marty go to keep Shiloh?

This is a great little story for young readers and dog lovers. I know a little girl age 8 who I'm planning to pass this along to. She's a modern kid though, and this cover doesn't appeal to her at all. If it was the movie edition with a live action photo, she'd be all over it.


  1. I am sharing this book with my students aged 8-10. They are quite enjoying it and I am sure the young lady you have in mind will too!

  2. I just saw a copy of a book called "Saving Shiloh" at a book sale; it had a similar picture of a kid and beagle on it. I'm assuming it's a sequel; have you heard of it?

  3. This is one of those books that I've always meant to read, but never have. Someday...

    I have to agree that the cover could definitely use some updating.

  4. tara - I've got the movie here now, so she might read it after she sees the movie. We just got Dairy of a Wimpy Kid, and Shiloh can't compete with that at all.

    jeane - yes! I just recently discovered that there are 2 sequels with Shiloh. thanks for the heads up.

    debi - If there was a real dog picture on the cover, she would have been all over it. She loved the book Because of Winn Dixie. Loved! You should read it for the 24 hour - it's very short. Oh, wait. You've got about 50 books already to pick from, don't you? *grins*

    I missed the vocab with week - it was parent teacher interviews, but it looks like my sentences with one or two words would have stood a better chance this week! I'll pop back in now and then.

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  6. I can totally relate to the cover thing - I have so many kids' books that I have to weed because of a) old or b) Canadian covers. I don't know what it is about Canadian kids' publishers, but they have a really hard time with kid-appealing covers.

    I liked Shiloh, too, definitely a good story for young dog-lovers of either gender.

    I've gotta read Diary of a Wimpy Kid and see what all the fuss is about - I've been getting a lot of requests for it lately.

  7. shiloh is so cool i am reading it and i am in grade 6 concerning that im a christian i think they swear or tacke the LORDSname in vain to often but the suspence after every chapter is amazing (quote:im just about to step into the meadow when crack!) the book is amazing!


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