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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 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?

Topics: West Virginia, Rural, Trilogy, Series, First in a Series, First Person Narration, Dogs, Friendship, Love, Abuse, Lying, Animal Rights, Made into a Movie, Secrets, Morality, and Heartfelt

Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers on Jun 26, 2012
ISBN: 9781439132005
List price: $7.99
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This book had scary and happy parts but I still liked it.read more
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I wasn't looking forward to a book about a boy and his dog (I don't get that type of relationship at all), but I was pleased to discover that this book was less about the bond (which was automatic and natural) and more about Marty's internal struggle to do what's "right" - whatever that is in this case. It was a great dilemma that drove the simple story. Marty's character is full of integrity, providing a fantastic model for kids and adults alike.read more
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This book had scary and happy parts but I still liked it.
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I wasn't looking forward to a book about a boy and his dog (I don't get that type of relationship at all), but I was pleased to discover that this book was less about the bond (which was automatic and natural) and more about Marty's internal struggle to do what's "right" - whatever that is in this case. It was a great dilemma that drove the simple story. Marty's character is full of integrity, providing a fantastic model for kids and adults alike.
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I read this book while doing observation in a second grade class. The teacher asked me to read with one of her excellerated readers. We partner read the book over a period of time, each time I observed their class. The story is about a boy who finds a beagel who has been abused by it's owner. After finding out who the owner was the boy was forced to return him, but the dog ran away from home back to Mark, the boy. Mark tries to keep him a secret from his family and friends so that he doesn't have to return him again. When the beagle is attacked by another dog, all of his family is aware that Mark was hiding him. He doesn't want to give him back so he works out a deal with the original owner to get to keep Shiloh. This is a very touching book. When we were done reading the book, the student drew me a picture of Shiloh.
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Summary: This book is about a young boy, Marty who comes across a lost dog that he finds and keeps. Not knowing that the dog belongs to someone else he names him Shiloh. He soon finds out that Shiloh actually belongs to a man named Judd. Judd however is not a man that just lost his dog, he actually abuses Shiloh! Marty fights to keep Shiloh away from Judd, while trying to avoid the danger that comes with the responsablity of protecting Shiloh from a very violent man.Personal reaction: I love this book, it was always a favorite of mine when I was a kid. Its such a sad book, yet it has such a wonderful storyline!Classroom extension: 1) This book would be great for a literature circle, its such and indepth book, it would be interesting to see the childrens reaction.2) This book would also be a good introductory book when discussing animal cruelty and animal behavior.
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I did NOT like this book very much. Though overall it's a pretty sweet story but there are so many stories like this. The main character, Marty LIES too much for me. Lying is wrong and he should have resisted the temptation regardless of whether or not he would lose his dog in the first place. Poor. I say don't waste your time reading this.
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