SHILOH by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

SHILOH

Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

A gripping account of a mountain boy's love for a dog he's hiding from its owner. Marty, 11, tells how Shiloh, the runaway, first caught his heart; still, his bone-poor West Virginia family has a strong sense of honor, and the dog is returned to its owner. After it runs back to Marty, he hides it in the woods. As Marty's structure of lies to his parents compounds, the villainous owner circles closer. By the time Judd finds Shiloh, the whole family is compromised and the dog has been injured. Marty does get the dog, partly by another lie of omission: he blackmails Judd when he finds him poaching and makes a deal to work for Judd to pay for the dog, but tells his parents another version. Fine lines are explored here: How necessary is it to adhere to the strict truth? "What kind of law is it...that lets a man mistreat his dog?" Has the dog been "saved" if this leads to its injury? Marty concludes that "nothing is as simple as you guess--not right or wrong, not Judd Travers, not even me or this dog." Meanwhile, young readers will rejoice that Shiloh and Marty end up together. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1991
ISBN: 0-689-31614-3
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Atheneum
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1991




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