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[[ Download Kindle ]] ¾ Shiloh ⚽ When eleven year old Marty finds a young beagle on the road past an old schoolhouse, he attempts to save it from its cruel owner A moving and powerful look at the best and the worst of human nature Booklist, starred review ALA Notable Children s BookNewbery Medal My partner and I really liked the book and I really got sad when the dog Shiloh got injured by the stupid German Shepperd it for me was very sad and did not think the dog would make it As a fourth grade teacher, I make it my business to read many of the books that sit on my classroom s shelves Although I am sometimes embarassed to whip out an obvious childish book when I m sitting on the subway, I must admit I am rarely disappointed with the level of the literature I discover I have read so much adult literature that is just plain awfully written or simply just plain, but most literature written for children has grace and a unique voice Of course, since Shiloh won the Newbe As a fourth grade teacher, I make it my business to read many of the books that sit on my classroom s shelves Although I am sometimes embarassed to whip out an obvious childish book when I m sitting on the subway, I must admit I am rarely disappointed with the level of the literature I discover I have read so much adult literature that is just plain awfully written or simply just plain, but most literature written for children has grace and a unique voice Of course, since Shiloh won the Newberry Award for Literature, it seems that it would belikely to have been well written than other children s books You need to understand that I avoided the book, because even though I loved the two dogs I grew up with and I liked a fewthat I met along the way in my life, I am not a true animal lover I simply cannot relate totally to the mushy attitude people extend to a puppy So, it was with a bit of skepticism that I began to read Shiloh I was immediately taken in by the language of the book, by the lack of a wasted word, by the ability to create such a complete voice and character in such a small book I admire the book for facing such a deep problem in human nature, by raising the questions we all need to face, in a simple story One of the hardest parts of growing up is the loss of innocence, coming in contact with people who don t love us as much as our family does, or in the case of the evil farmer Judd, who doesn t love anybody It confronts the question of the righteous of truth When and why and where is it not the best decision to tell the truth How dark is the heart of darkness The fact that such deep questions can be raised in a tale of a boy who wants a dog is a tribute to Ms Naylor s storytelling ability I loved it for the philosophical questions it raised Some will love it for the sentimental dog tale Others, will love it for both reasons Sometimes it s only in the doing that we learn good morals and values As Marty does his best to save Shiloh from compassionless Judd Travers, he learns many good lessons about right and wrong, truth and lies, kindness and sympathy, and love and loss. I read this aloud to my 9 and 12 year old daughters this week and the story seemed to satisfy both girls, at their different interest levels.I ll be honest we were wary starting this read This middle grades fiction is set in West Virginia, and we were worried what might happen to that somber looking boy and his beagle Last week s read aloud of Bridge to Terabithia, combined with a pandemic, just about did us in, as readers.Without revealing plot spoilers, I want to contribute to young readers I read this aloud to my 9 and 12 year old daughters this week and the story seemed to satisfy both girls, at their different interest levels.I ll be honest we were wary starting this read This middle grades fiction is set in West Virginia, and we were worried what might happen to that somber looking boy and his beagle Last week s read aloud of Bridge to Terabithia, combined with a pandemic, just about did us in, as readers.Without revealing plot spoilers, I want to contribute to young readers and parents that this is a story of triumph, rather than tragedy The protagonist is a young cheerleader for animal rights and a brave young man, and I literally said, Oh, thank God after I finished the ending So many things going wrong, it s hard to remember anything going right