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Shiloh (Shiloh #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  56,005 Ratings  ·  1,497 Reviews
Marty will do anything to save his new friend Shiloh in this Newbery Medal–winning novel from Phillis Reynolds Naylor.

When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight—and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun—and abuses his dogs. So wh
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1991)
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Jul 12, 2008 Agreenhouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2014 Jonathan Peto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Feb 16, 2012 Lynae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 !
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
Sophia Baumann
Mar 16, 2016 Sophia Baumann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done-with
My partner and I really liked the book and I really got sad when the dog Shiloh got injured by the stupid German Shepperd it for me was very sad and did not think the dog would make it
Minh Nhân Nguyễn
5 sao
Môt gia đinh không lây lam kha gia, viêc ăn uông hăng ngay cung phai goi ghem tiêt kiêm. Bố hiên lanh, lam nghê đưa thư trong vung ai cung quy mên. Mẹ thi nôi trơ ơ nha, nâu ăn rât ngon va rât hiêu thăng con minh, chăng gi qua măt đươc me. 2 đưa em gai be nho rât quy mên va tin lơi anh. Va nhân vât tơ, môt câu be 11 tuôi, cưc ky ngoan, hiêu ly le va co cai nhin vô cung nhân ai đên nhưng sư vât va con ngươi xung quanh minh. Đoc vê gia đinh nay ma minh cam thây đươc sư âm ap va hanh phuc tran
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
Oct 31, 2013 Ava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2014 D.C. rated it it was ok
Shelves: newberies, dogs
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
"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
Chris Thompson
Jun 01, 2012 Chris Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2016 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obob
So . . . I may have read this in my youth? Or not? I had it in my head this was a sad book along the lines of Dear Mr. Henshaw and was sad to see it on the OBOB list for 3-5 grade this year . . . and then I read it. It's not sad! It's a good boy and his dog tale about growing up, loving those who need us (human and animal alike), and getting what you want by sticking with it and working for it. Yay!
May 11, 2015 Ripken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 04, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was so interesting getting ready to read #2
Alisha Ptacek
Personal reaction: I remember when I was a young kid and I read Shiloh. It was strange because I absolutely hated dogs, but it was one of my favorite books. As I was reading this book I realized that the reason I loved Shiloh so much as a kid was not because it was about a dog, but because it was about the love a child has for their animals. I had grown up with a cat that was a lot like Shiloh. I believe that students are going to love this book if they have a pet.
Read aloud: I do not think I wo
Riley Lerew
Mar 03, 2015 Riley Lerew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Shiloh" was a very good book that I didn't want to stop reading! I liked the book but I wasn't my favorite because I think if the book had more details are maybe was longer It would be even better!

"Shiloh" was a book about this boy named Marty who was walking one day and found a dog. Marty said the dog seemed sad and scared. Marty decides to just keep walking a realizes the dog follows him home. Marty has always wanted a dog and hopes they can keep him. His dad sees the dog and says the it belo
Kayla Strand
I remember reading this book when I was in elementary school and the only reason I wanted to read it was because I loved dogs. Now in college, I still love dogs, and the moment I saw this book on the list of what we could read I was excited to relive old memories. Though when I was younger I don't think I truly understood the meaning of the book and the impact Shiloh had on Marty's family. This story is about a boy named Marty who finds a dog by the creek who is beaten up and he wants to take hi ...more
Tim Vandenberg
Jan 26, 2015 Tim Vandenberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Shiloh" is an excellent Dog-Genre tale of the slobbery beauty of Canine Love and a young boy's willingness to do whatever it takes to keep it. A powerful sub-theme of animal cruelty as well as ambiguous moral dilemmas sprinkled throughout this growing-up tale make for a real keeper!

I was actually surprised that "Shiloh" did not make the SLJ Top 100 books list, as I enjoyed it much more than several books on that list, but either way this book is Very Highly Recommended.

A couple notes:

1. Peter M
Olivia Johnson❤️
I am aware that Shiloh is for younger children. However, I believe there is some symbols in Shiloh that were hardly ever discussed. I found this book looking around in a bookstore. This book was sprawled out on the floor.
The book is about one boy's love for a puppy, and about animal abuse. Two things I love about this book is that the book comes up with philosophical questions like 'What is right or wrong?'. Also, what I love about this book is that the main character, Marty, turns his dream in
John Jorgensen
Oct 23, 2014 John Jorgensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Samantha Simmons
Dec 09, 2014 Samantha Simmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: t-l-307, fiction
Marty Preston finds a stray beagle wandering in the hills near his house and the dog follows him home, and Marty names him Shiloh. Shiloh's real owner is Judd Travers, who owns several hunting dogs. Fearing for the dog's safety because Judd drinks and treats his hunting dogs poorly, Marty does not want to return Shiloh. His father insists Shiloh be returned to his owner and they take the dog to Judd Travers. Shiloh returns to Marty who hides him from his family. Hiding Shiloh in the woods in a w ...more
Nov 07, 2009 SallySnowtiger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-award
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Lana Hoffman
Nov 22, 2008 Lana Hoffman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
Ryan Ebert
Jan 19, 2014 Ryan Ebert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2014 Jacob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 29, 2010 Shadman705 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kate Schwarz
Mar 23, 2013 Kate Schwarz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery
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.
Logan E.
By Physllis Renolds Naylor

I think this was a good book because it tells of a man named Judd Travers mistreats his dog and there are lots of dogs in the world that are mistreated. Shiloh is the name of the dog. Marty goes into the wood in between Marty and Judds homes. Marty's dad is a mailman for the area and Marty goes with to try and make some money to buy Shiloh. Marty also also collects aluminum cans that he can take in to get money for. Judd wants Marty to do chores for him if
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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
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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.” 11 likes
“If Jesus ever comes back to earth again, I’m thinking, he’ll come as a dog, because there isn’t anything as humble or patient or loving or loyal as the dog I have in my arms right now.” 1 likes
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