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Shiloh (Shiloh #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  44,191 ratings  ·  1,154 reviews
When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight9 and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh belongs to Judd Travers who drinks too much and has a gun9 and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty's secret becom...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1991)
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As a fourth grade teacher, I make it my business to read many of the books that sit on my classroom's shelves. Although I am sometimes embarassed to whip out an obvious childish book when I'm sitting on the subway, I must admit I am rarely disappointed with the level of the literature I discover. I have read so much adult literature that is just plain awfully written or simply just plain, but most literature written for children has grace and a unique voice. Of course, since Shiloh won the Newbe...more
Jonathan Peto
Perhaps you worry about Princess Di’s sons, how they’re doing, if they’re okay.

Perhaps you enjoyed the Beatles for a long time and still do once and awhile but tired of them long ago. Lots of other bands out there, lots of other decades. But if you’re not tired of the Beatles and like to debate which one to prefer, maybe you preferred John Lennon. I understand, though maybe you’ve come around to the idea that there really is nothing wrong with silly love songs and Paul McCartney’s alright too.

this was the best book ever you guys should read it! i swear that it is a good book also you could watch the movie the first movie is called Shiloh and the secont one is called Saving Shiloh just to let you know you can get the movie at Hastings and you can get the book at any libary the author is Phyllis Reynolds Nalor! i hope you read it or watch it !
"Nobody else loves you as much as a dog. Except your ma, maybe."

Oh, how true. This is a sweet tale about a boy and the dog he loves, who finds out right and wrong aren't always cut and dry.

Appropriate for ages 8-11, it's still a favorite for many kids. I'm giving three stars partly because I'm not sure the that technology/information savvy children of today relate to the naive main character the way kids did when it was originally published. For instance, the protagonist, which is eleven years o...more
Maria Salinas
Main Characters: Shioh, Matt
Setting:West Virginia, Friendly
POV: Marty
Grade Level:3-5
Reading Level:5.7
Genre: realistic fiction
Award: Newberry Medal

Marty is an eleven year old boy who finds a dog (beagle). Marty decides to name the dog Shiloh. Shiloh apparently belongs to Judd Travers that uses Shiloh as his hunting dog. Marty knows that Judd abuses his dogs and refuses to give him back. He asks his family to keep him but his family asks Marty to give Shiloh back to Judd. Shiloh then escapes from...more
Much more than a story about a boy and his dog...Shiloh is a story of compassion, determination and struggling with stretching the truth to accomplish a goal that is character worthy. Is omitting information the same as lying, especially if it prevents abuse? Marty Preston, 11, finds a beagle in the woods behind his house one day. When he realizes it belongs to Judd Travers, his heart drops because he knows Judd is mean and abusive to his animals. When the dog comes back the second time, Marty s...more
Animal abuse is just not right. And people sould treat them as if it were them. This booktakes place in Friendly, West Virginia. It's is told in the first-person point of view. Marty, the protagonist, finds Shiloh, a dog who was abused by his owner, Judd Travers. So, Shiloh runs away to Marty, and he tries to go out of his way to protect Shiloh. But even though marty tries his hardest, it's just to hard for him to keep the secret.
This book is a rael tear dropper.There are very emotional parts i...more
Yay! I'm finally back on the Newbery train! I found this very compelling until the ending, which was majorly abrupt and disappointing. I guess it was realistic, but I would have liked to see some sort of revenge worked out upon the antagonist, who was sort of a mystery character. The main character was likable and easy to relate to, but I found the story mostly mundane. Sorry, Newbery. Maybe next time. Or maybe I'm just running out of all the good titles considering I'm just over halfway through...more
Sheriden Haase
Mar 20, 2014 Sheriden Haase is currently reading it
Shiloh involves a young boy named Marty Peterson that is grown up in a rural area with a small home. His dad works for the local postoffice and his mom stays at home to watched his younger siblings. Marty has a mean neighbor named Judd Travers. A recap on Judd Travers. He is a drunk, no good, that gets himself in alot of trouble. He raises young dogs and sells them. He also uses the dogs for hunting.

Marty is 11 years old and he is running around in his dads little hunk of land near Friendly, We...more
Logan Erdmann
I thought that this book was okay. I liked that the young boy stood up for what he believed in and for that poor dog that was obviously abused. I thought that the book sent a good message even though it was a short read.

The main characters in the book are Shiloh, Marty, Marty’s family, and Judd. Shiloh is the abused beagle that Marty finds one day while walking down the road. Marty is an 11 year old country boy that has a big heart. Judd is a mean middle aged man that abuses his animals.

The sett...more
John Jorgensen
I thought this book was a decent book to read, because it tells the story of the love of a boy for his dog. It shows how much someone can love their pets.

Plot: Marty finds a beagle in the woods behind his house. In the story it tracks how Marty tries to convince his parents into letting him have a pet dog. Along the way, they realize it is Judd Traver’s dog. Judd is a low-life, alcoholic with a gun. With careful persuasion, and pleading, eventually he is allowed to keep the dog.

Jan 21, 2014 Jacob rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all ages
Recommended to Jacob by: no one
I thought this book was a very good book. I believe that it would be a book for all ages. The words in this book weren't to hard to understand that a younger person wouldn't understand them. But yet it was still a book that i enjoyed and i am fifteen. I would recommend this book to those who love animals because the kid works hard to save a dog, but also i wouldn't there is some animal cruelty in the book but it isn't graphic.
The story in the book was well made. It takes place in the 20th cent...more
Ryan Ebert
I think this book is a great book for young adults to read. It will be especially touching if the reader has a soft side for animals. Marty, a young boy who lives in the country, finds a dog in the woods one day. After realizing that the owner of the dog beats him and occasionally starves him, Marty tries to do whatever it takes to save the dog, which he names Shiloh. The owner, Judd, thinks of dogs only as hunting tools and will punish them in various ways when they make mistakes hunting. Mart...more
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Lana Hoffman
"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 mistreat dogs."
Overall, this was an unbelievable book! You could really feel Marty's conflict. This book shows that sometimes rules need to be broken or changed in order to do the right thing. Marty's love for Shiloh came through touchingly throughout the book. As a reader, you are rooting for Marty a...more
When I saw that this book about a dog was the Newbery Medal winner for 1992, I decided to check it out with my daughter, as Newberry Medal books are usually very good.

This book was okay, though I am not sure what made it so "distinguished" that it was the winner for the year it won. Maybe it was a slow year in children's books.

Maybe the judges felt that the portrayal of the poor family with hardly enough food to eat, with a son who sleeps on the couch because they don't have enough rooms or beds...more
Chris Thompson
Shiloh is a simple story about a boy who falls in love with an abused dog, and a dog who returns his affection. Anybody who has ever gotten a puppy as a child will be able to relate to the adoration Marty shows the dog he names Shiloh. While this is a story for young children, its themes and ethical dilemmas are much more sophisticated than some books written for adults. Naylor asks some very interesting questions for parents to discuss with their kids, and even one another, questions that don't...more
Reading Response to Shiloh April 17

In the book Shiloh there is actually a pretty big issue f law. The main character Marty wants to get this dog from the enemy Judd Travers because the dog gets all beat up kicked. Marty thinks that this should be against the law. He says it like violating a dog. There was a scene in the book where Marty find a whole in a dos head and it turns out to be Judd who shot the dog of his in the head. It is illegal to kill a dog though. Then there was another seen where...more
Katie Dubik Schwarz
I loved this book, so worthy of a Newbery.

A boy runs smack-dab into the cold, difficult reality that the world is not divided into right and wrong. Most decisions and choices and situations are in the murky, middle, where Right and Wrong are not clear. He agonizes over which is better: to protect Shiloh from abuse and steal him or return him to his rightful owner as the law prescribes.

And what of Judd? The boy (and the reader) wants to demonize him and put him into the clear Bad category, but....more
Shiloh is an awesome story! You might be the kind of reader who reads long books, and if you are please reconsider reading Shiloh!! Just for once! It's about 200 pgs if I remember right.. You feel sympathetic for the characters in the book, and it is just so hard not to be able to actually help them out! I am not going to spoil what happens, but to let all you who are reading my review right now know that this book is plainly fantastic!! There are 3 books in this series, and I guarantee after yo...more
This is a different kind of story about a boy and a dog than many classics of that type in that it has a happy ending.

I found it kind of fun to read a book set in rural West Virginia not too far from where I live. I am familiar with the names of Friendly, WV and Sistersville, WV, though I have only driven through a couple times. Parkersburg, is referred to as being the big city where the family went when they were going into "the city." Judging by how many people have ever heard of Parkersburg...more
Margo Martin
Shiloh starts off with Marty, the main character taking a walk along his local river when he spots a beagle watching him. As he continues along the river, the dog follows him and finally comes to him after he whistles, although Marty can tell right of the bat the beagle, Shiloh, is not being treated right. Shiloh follows Marty all the way back to his home that day and that evening when Marty looks out the window, Shiloh is still there. After Marty’s dad makes him return Shiloh to Judd, his abusi...more
Ashli Stroyan
The book Shiloh expresses the love that a boy has for a dog that is not his. The whole story gets children thinking about right and wrong. The young boy in the book, Marty, encounters a small dog who is abused and neglected by his owner. Marty’s father won’t let him keep the dog because he is not rightfully his. When the dog keeps coming back to Marty’s house, he builds him “lean-to” in an old deserted shed in the woods where Marty keeps Shiloh in secret, but when the dog gets injured and needs...more
Tiffany Bowers
This book by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a very good book to read for those who are dog lovers.I would recommend this book if you love animals, fan of the woods, if your having family issues,or if you are having troubles with respecting others. It brought a lot of emotions out of me, like when Marty stands up to Judd Travers. When Marty did that I was scared for him, because Judd is a mean man, who won't think twice about killing a kid.The character that really makes this story in my opinion is a...more
Shiloh is a Newbery winner and a work of contemporary realistic fiction for children aged 8-12. In this story, we meet a young boy named Marty, who meets a dog who he decides to call Shiloh. Shiloh does not belong to him, but to a man in town named Judd who Marty thinks is hurting Shiloh. Marty gives himself the mission of making Shiloh his own pet and in the process learns a valuable lesson about responsibility as well as about making judgments about people before you know them. This book tells...more
Sophie Gray
Apr 29, 2014 Sophie Gray added it
Shelves: animals
This is a book that focuses on the value of a supportive friendship. Shiloh is a dog who is being abused by his owner, until Marty does not let that go on any longer. Marty realizes what the poor dog, Shiloh is being put through and fights for the dog to be released from his owner and be in the caring hands of Marty. At first, Marty lies to everyone around him thinking that they would not approve of his actions, considering he did take the dog away from the owner. However, as the story goes on a...more
I was reluctant to read this book because I generally cannot read about animal abuse. When my fourth grade sons' classes started reading the book, I decided to give it a go. I'm very glad I did.

Although there is animal abuse in the book, it is a step removed: more talked about than currently happening. Therefore, it is not quite as intense and disturbing as it could be.

The book raises important ethical questions: when, if ever, is it okay to lie; when should someone fight a perceived wrong, es...more
Peter Besbeas
This story is about an eleven-year-old boy named Marty and a little beagle named Shiloh. Shiloh follows Marty home from school one day and the two end up becoming very close friends. Eventually Marty discovers that the real owner of Shiloh, Judd Travers, is an abusive pet owner (beats Shiloh). Later Shiloh runs away from Judd again and returns to Marty. Marty proceeds to hide Shiloh from his family in a makeshift pen just off of a path behind his house. Marty becomes very attached to Shiloh. Shi...more
Heather Langendorff
Shiloh is a short story about a young boy, Marty Preston, who is very passionate, and concerned about a stray dog that he finds one day, and throughout the novel Marty encounters many obstacles for Shiloh. The story begins with Marty going on a walk up near the schoolhouse when he runs into this dog, which will later be called Shiloh. Marty notices that the dog is very shy and cringes when he puts his hand out to him. Marty soon comes to the realization that this dog is being abused, and so Mart...more
Kathryn Anne Russell
I really like Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's writing so I was surprised that I had never read this book until now. I loved how a book for a younger audience focused on an issue that wasn't "black and white". The book is about Marty Preston, an eleven-year-old boy who lives with his family in West Virginia. It is summer vacation and one day an abused beagle follows Marty home. Marty falls in love with the dog before learning it belongs to his neighbor who mistreats the dog. Marty is forced to return t...more
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.

Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father's occupation as a salesman.

Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good boo...more
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“…and I’m thinking how nothing is as simple as you guess-not right or wrong, not Judd Travers, not even me or this dog I got here. But the good part is I saved Shiloh and opened my eyes some. Now that ain’t bad for eleven.” 10 likes
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