Contributor(s): Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
ISBN: 0689835825 ISBN-13: 9780689835827
Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2000
Annotation: MARTY WILL DO ANYTHING TO SAVE SHILOH
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 becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his?
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Dogs; Fiction.
- Animals; Treatment; Fiction.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Physical & Emotional Abuse (see Also Social Issues
|LCCN: BL 00011163|
|Lexile Measure: 890|
|Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11|
|Book type: Juvenile Fiction|
|Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.25 lbs) 137 pages|
|Accelerated Reader Info|
|Quiz #: 5440
Reading Level: 4.4 Interest Level: Middle Grades Point Value: 4.0
|Scholastic Reading Counts Info|
|Quiz #: Q10329
Reading Level: 5.7 Interest Level: Grades 3-5 Point Value: 8.0
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1991 July #1)
In the tradition of Sounder and Where the Red Fern Grows comes this boy-and-his-dog story set in rural West Virginia. When he finds a mistreated beagle pup, 11-year-old Marty knows that the animal should be returned to its rightful owner. But he also realizes that the dog will only be further abused. So he doesn't tell his parents about his discovery, sneaks food for the dog and gets himself into a moral dilemma in trying to do the right thing. Without breaking new ground, Marty's tale is well told, with a strong emphasis on family and religious values. This heartwarming novel should win new fans for the popular Naylor. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1991 September)
Gr 4-6-- Marty Preston, 11, is a country boy who learns that things are often not what they seem, and that adults are not always ``fair'' in their dealings with other people. Marty finds a stray dog that seems to be abused and is determined to keep it at all costs. Because his family is very poor, without money to feed another mouth, his parents don't want any pets. Subsequently, there is a lot of conflict over the animal within the family and between Marty and Judd Travers, the dog's owner. Honesty and personal relations are both mixed into the story. Naylor has again written a warm, appealing book. However, readers may have difficulty understanding some of the first-person narration as it is written in rural West Virginian dialect. Marty's father is a postman--usually one of the better paying positions in rural areas--yet the family is extremely poor. There seems to be an inconsistency here. This title is not up to Naylor's usual high quality. --Kenneth E. Kowen, Atascocita Middle School Library, Humble, TX Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information.
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