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Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers 1991.
IL 3-6   RL 5.7
ISBN 0689316143

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

I found this dog yelping and scratching at the gate. I see him every day when I go by Judd Traver’s house.  One day went into the yard where the dog was kept. My mission was to rescue the abused animal. I ran into a pile of chain, making a startling noise. A light turned on in the upstairs bedroom. I rushed to get the dog. I heard a creaking door open and a voice yelled, “What do you think you’re doing?” I grabbed the dog and made a run for it. Judd Travers took out a shotgun, aimed and shot.  If you want to find out what the outcome was, read the SHILOH by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.  (Shawn, 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School)

Booktalk #2

                    This Newbery Medal winner is about an 11 year-old boy names Marty Preston. On his way home from school one day, he finds an apparently abused dog near his home in West Virginia.  The young beagle shied away from him at first and this was a clue to Marty that this dog has most probably been abused which is a terrible thing.  Marty takes the weak dog home, but doesn't tell his parents. He names him Shiloh and feeds him table scraps to keep him alive.
                    One night a large German Shepard gets in the pen and tears Shiloh apart.  Marty tells his parents and they take him to the vet.  This is when Marty finds out that Shiloh belongs to the meanest man in town.  Marty sadly is forced to give him back to the man named Judd.  Throughout the book, Marty wonders how to get Shiloh back and away from his uncaring master.
                    Read this book and find out if Marty gets him back or will Judd trick him out of it.  Throughout the story
                    Marty realizes that doing what's right is not always easy, but it usually turns out okay. (Tina Berger,, St. James-Santee Elementary)

SUBJECTS:     Dogs -- Fiction.
                        Animals -- Treatment -- Fiction.
                        West Virginia -- Fiction.


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