Thursday, August 09, 2012

Old is Gold {6}: Shiloh (Shiloh #1) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Shiloh (Shiloh #1) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Release Date/Publisher: May 1, 2003 by Aladdin Paperbacks
Original Publication Date: September 30, 1991
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, 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?
Why You Should Read It: When I first came across this book, I was very young. Perhaps it was in the 2nd or 3rd grade but I was both astonished and horrified and happy with this book. I had never come across animal abuse so for me, it was incredibly shocking. People were this horrible? How could they hurt such an innocent animal? I began to doubt the kindness of people in general. And then when Marty comes into the picture, things brightened up. I believed that there were nice people in the world and it just took a simple act of kindness to change my opinion.

This is such a great children's book that really shows how kind people can be. One act of kindness can change people's lives forever. By the end of this trilogy, you see such a growth and maturity of Marty and his relationship with his family and especially Shiloh.

Read this book guys. It'll be one of the best things you read!