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by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Marty is afraid that a young beagle is being abused by its owner. That's when he secretly decides he'll do anything to save the dog named Shiloh. A Newbery Award Winner. 148 pages, Ages 8-12

Item Number: 454
Category:Contracted Braille in UEB

Price: $16.50
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5Shiloh is a wonderful example of realistic fiction for children. The story revolves around Marty, a small town boy in the hills of West Virginia. There isn't much money, and putting food on the table is difficult and all consuming for the adults of his community.

Marty spends his free time roaming the hills with his rifle, until he discovers Shiloh, a dog, whom he learns lives with constant abuse by his owner. Marty determines to rescue Shiloh and care for the dog. He finds, however, that simply wanting something, is not a determinant of taking possession. He is stunned that the abusive owner has rights, which is confusing and heartbreaking for him.

Throughout the story, Marty is confronted by moral issues which he must wrestle with as he focuses his attention on loving Shiloh and finding a way to make life better for the dog. In doing so, his values are questioned and his morality is strengthened. He must learn to solve moral dilemmas by analyzing the choices he has. He realizes that adults don't always do the right thing, nor do they always have the answers to questions. Most, important, he learns to recognize that he has the ability, within himself, to realize the resolve it takes to do the right thing in the face of adversity.

Young readers will experience these dilemmas with Marty, and the story provides youngsters with the opportunity to develop their own moral skills along with him.

5This is one of the classics of children's dog stories, and even better, it's the opener of a trilogy. The story has just the right mix of heart-warming and heart-breaking elements, and while it's easy to fall in love with Shiloh and only want the best for him, readers might find themselves feeling a similar wish for Shiloh's abusive owner. What made him treat his dogs this way? What might happen if he was given another option, shown another way to do things? Marty begins to reveal the wonderful heart Shiloh has, first to his family, and then to Shiloh's former owner. Of course, things aren't always as easy as just changing a dog's home address, and readers will want to follow Marty and Shiloh through the other two books in the series.


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