Shiloh Book Review Summary

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Marty Preston wants to buy and rescue an abused dog from his neighbor. The trouble is his neighbor is the abuser and does little to entertain the thought of selling his hunting dog to Marty. Marty goes through great lengths to keep Shiloh away from Judd. He hides him out in the woods and sneaks out of the house to spend time and bring him food. He creates a web of lies to protect the innocent dog.

A German Shepherd gets loose and tears up the little beagle. Now Marty has to get help and he is forced to come forward with the truth and untangle his web of lies. Judd agrees that Marty can do work around his house in exchange for Shiloh. Disappointment begins to settle in when Judd tells him that despite his hard work there is no deal because Marty did not have a witness. Marty is determined and he continues to do physical labor in exchange for Shiloh. Somehow Judd in won over by Marty's willpower and hands him a collar telling him he has earned himself a dog.
The review of this Book prepared by Susanne

11-year-old Marty Preston knows enough about dogs—and people—to know there's something unusual about the shy beagle pup he finds running loose in the woods near his home in rural West Virginia. The pup has been abused, and the abusive owner is none other than Marty's hard-hearted neighbor, Judd Travers. Though Marty reluctantly returns the lost dog to Judd, he can't help but wonder why doing the “right” thing feels so wrong.

It isn't long before the beagle escapes again, but Marty can't bear the thought of giving Judd another opportunity to kick, beat, and starve his new best bud. This time, Marty decides to keep the dog as his own secret pet. He names the pup Shiloh, and keeps him in a pen on the hilly edge of the Preston property. Marty hates having to tell lies in order to keep Shiloh safe, but he hates the thought of Judd Travers' heavy-handed ways much more.

But when a German shepherd attacks Shiloh, Marty's secrets come undone. Judd learns that Marty has been caring for his runaway beagle, and demands that the Prestons return Shiloh. Marty learns to stand up for his beliefs, and convinces Judd to make a bargain; eventually, Marty earns the right to love and care for Shiloh in exchange for 20 hours of hard labor, and the dynamic duo return to delight readers with additional lessons and adventures in Shiloh Season and Saving Shiloh.   
The review of this Book prepared by Tracie Amirante

Valerie Peterson on 11/6/2016 8:42:31 AM says: I love Shiloh, not like it. It is officially on the Battle of the books list at my school for a reading event. Battle of the books is an event where you team up and you read lots of Newbery medalist and popular books. Then a teacher asks you a question like, "What did Marty do to keep the dog from starving and getting kicked?" Then you talk about the book with your team and one person summarizes the answer to the teacher, restating the question by saying, "Marty kept Shiloh from starving and getting kicked by locking him up in a pen on his property where Judd wouldn't find him and abuse him again." This is also a book that can help kids like me in 5th grade or any age right from wrong and being honest. It will also teach how lies or even lying by omission is sometimes not okay. It is persuasive and entertaining to the reader. I own this book, because of its greatness.... Thank you.

Mimi on 1/9/2016 1:53:26 PM says: It doesn't matter how short it is! It's the feeling you like it. And I love this adventures book! I think your wrong, also.

Valyrie on 10/30/2015 5:30:13 PM says: I like this book because it has a happy ending like everyones likes a happy ending, am I right? :) :)
I also like it because there are many parts like it is not all about 1 dog! It has a mom in the story, a dad, the sisters and last but not least Marty.
I dislike the story because it it so short!

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999    -   1960's-1970's Animal story    -   Yes Kind of animal:    -   dog Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 7-10

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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