SHILOH SEASON by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

SHILOH SEASON

From the "Shiloh Quartet" series, volume 2
Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Seeing Judd Travers illegally shoot a deer gave Marty Preston the leverage he needed to win ownership of an abused dog in Naylor's Shiloh (1991); now Judd has taken to drink and become even more trigger-happy than before, and Marty frets that the man will declare open season on Shiloh out of spite. After homily-heavy conversations with his dad--the wise local doctor and a veterinarian--Marty tries to understand why Judd is so vicious (it's close to parody: Travers speaks almost entirely in wild threats, and Marty sees him wing a squirrel and watch it slowly die) as he explores his own feelings, looking for something better than simple hatred. When Travers suffers a serious--but thanks to Shiloh, not fatal--accident, Marty makes peace with him at last through persistent acts of kindness. The story's focus blurs during repeated discussions of the difference between truth and rumor, and in a series of secondhand reports on a senile grandparent's exploits; the dialogue sounds right out of made-for-TV movies. Still, readers will find Marty's anxiety, and his love for Shiloh, engrossingly genuine. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80647-7
Page count: 120pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1996




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