Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I just finished my first book for the Newberry Award Challenge….Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. My husband just read it to the boys a few weeks ago, and my oldest son said it was a really good book (he’s almost 7). It’s the story of a boy (Marty) and a dog (Shiloh). Marty finds Shiloh and decides to keep him from his abusive owner. Marty hides Shiloh and must lie and be dishonest to keep the dog protected. When a tragedy strikes, his secret comes out. Can he find a way to keep Shiloh? Overall, a very good book, especially for kids with a soft spot for dogs. Shows us that life isn’t as simple as it seems, what seems wrong can be right, and what seems right can be wrong.
First line, “The day Shiloh come, we’re having us a big Sunday dinner.”
The last line of the book, “…and I’m thinking how nothing is as simple as you guess-not right or wrong, not Judd Travers, not even me or this dog I got here. But the good part is I saved Shiloh and opened my eyes some. Now that ain’t bad for eleven.”