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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  77,823 ratings  ·  2,413 reviews
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 when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty's secret become ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published September 30th 1991)
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Jul 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes it’s only in the doing that we learn good morals and values. As Marty does his best to save Shiloh from compassionless Judd Travers, he learns many good lessons about right and wrong, truth and lies, kindness and sympathy, and love and loss.
I read this aloud to my 9 and 12-year-old daughters this week and the story seemed to satisfy both girls, at their different interest levels.

I'll be honest; we were wary starting this read. This middle grades fiction is set in West Virginia, and we were worried what might happen to that somber looking boy and his beagle. Last week's read-aloud of Bridge to Terabithia, combined with a pandemic, just about did us in, as readers.

Without revealing plot spoilers, I want to contribute to young readers
Shiloh is a dog who has been abused and runs away from his owner Judd Travers. Marty finds the dog and loves Shiloh and gives him a safe place to live. Now what does he do? He is lying to everyone and Judd wants his dog back. It's set in poor West Virginia hill country. Marty is trying to come up with anyway to save Shiloh.

This is a nuanced story about who you think people are and how life is really full of grey in this world. It's not always black and white. I did end up enjoying this book. It
Jonathan Peto
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-chapter
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.

Melanie  Brinkman
How trouble begins when you work to slip the collars of truths and lies.

The hills behind Marty Preston's family home are his happy place. But when he chances upon a very thin and skittish beagle, that's when the trouble begins.

When Marty whistles, the dog comes right to him. Just like that Shiloh has squeezed himself into Marty's heart. But then he begins to suspect that Shiloh is being mistreated by his owner, it becomes Marty's mission to keep Shiloh. But what is the right thing to do when a
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 !
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book it was a battle of the books book at our school two years ago and I loved this book.
Ross Blocher
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I remember seeing copies of this book everywhere when I was a kid, but only ever knowing that it had something to do with the dog on the cover. Shiloh is indeed the eponymous dog, but it's really the story of an eleven-year-old boy named Marty who lives in a small town in West Virginia - in a time when kids could just wander around the woods for hours, unsupervised. On such an unsupervised jaunt, Marty meets and names Shiloh, who follows him home. Soon it becomes clear, however, that Shiloh belo ...more
Liza Fireman
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
There is something wonderful in children's books. My daughter and I took as a project to go through Newberry Award winners, and many of them are really great, this one included.

Marty Preston saves his dog from an abusive owner. Shiloh actually belongs to Judd Travers who drinks too much and has a gun. Marty loves the dog deeply and gets in trouble trying to care for him.

Marty secrets are becoming larger: A lie. That's a flat-out lie. Funny how one lie leads to another and before you know it, you
Sophia Baumann
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Chris Thompson
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Newbery Medal: 1992

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 s
Rachel Aranda
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a nice quick read for me. The themes mentioned and questions asked to the readers were very thought provoking and made me learn about myself. Some examples are "When is it okay to break a promise?" and "Is it okay to stand up for animal rights when the social norm is to mind your own business?" This was one of the few books that showed me that there were indeed gray areas in life that aren't easy to answer or deal with but they must be faced. I felt I actually grew up reading this ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was a really sad book and hated reading it. If you like depressing books then you'll like this one. ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very good book with a boy that loves his dog.
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I happened to be subbing for a 5th grade class that was reading this book, and I decided to see what it was about. I'm not a huge fan of boy-and-his-dog stories, but I can appreciate them for the way they do speak to young boys. However, Shiloh would not be one I would recommend.

I know . . . It's a Newberry Winner! It's got talk of Jesus in it! It's about wrestling with moral issues! It's about doggie love!

First, Newberry awards are sometimes more of a warning signal than a badge of honor, sadly
Lana Hoffman
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"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
Maria Salinas
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Kate Schwarz
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
"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
Davis Smith
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
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great little book! Looking forward to reading this with my class soon!
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So happy!
Made my heart smile.
Chapters 9 & 10 are the sadest. Get ready to hold back some tears!
Reading Funk
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely phenomenal. A boy becomes attached to a loveable dog - but there's a catch. It isn't his. It belongs to the antagonist , a man named Judd.

This book is a real tear jerker. I get a sense that it was easy for the author to write. It just flows. All the points in the plot weave together flawlessly.

A brilliant piece of literature with many life lessons worked in that are appropriate for both children and adults. 100 % deserving of the Newberry Medal !!
Nov 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: newbery-award
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Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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