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Shiloh (The Shiloh Quartet) Paperback – September 1, 2000
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Eleven-year-old Marty Preston loves to spend time up in the hills behind his home near Friendly, West Virginia. Sometimes he takes his .22 rifle to see what he can shoot, like some cans lined up on a rail fence. Other times he goes up early in the morning just to sit and watch the fox and deer. But one summer Sunday, Marty comes across something different on the road just past the old Shiloh schoolhouses -- a young beagle -- and the trouble begins.
What do you do when a dog you suspect is being mistreated runs away and comes to you? When it is someone else's dog? When the man who owns him has a gun? This is Marty's problem, and he finds it is one he has to face alone. When his solution gets too big for him to handle, things become more frightening still. Marty puts his courage on the line, and discovers in the process that it is not always easy to separate right from wrong. Sometimes, however, you do almost anything to save a dog.
- Format: Hardcover
- Publication Date: 9/30/1991
- Pages: 144
- Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
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Marty and his father return Shiloh to Judd Travers, but the dog runs away again and Marty keeps him hidden. Under Marty's care, Shiloh is attacked by a large German Shepherd and very seriously hurt. In order to save Shiloh's life, Marty and his father rush the doctor to a vet and pay the doctor. The dog will live, but it will have a limp. Nevertheless, Judd wants the dog back. Marty offers to buy the dog, but Judd won't sell.
More tension is added to this already-tense situation when Marty observes Judd breaking the law. But in a beautiful twist, showing that people are more complex than they appear on the surface, the author turns the story toward resolution and a happy but very realistic ending. Highly Recommended!