Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

This week I chose Hatchet by Gary Paulson and Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Hatchet is a Newbery Honor book and Shiloh is a Newbery Medal winner. My review is for Shiloh.

Paulsen, G. (1987). Hatchet. New York: Bradbury Press.

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Awards:
Newbery Honor (1988), Young Hoosier Book Award for 6-8 (1991), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award Nominee (1990), Buckeye Children’s Book Award for 6-8 (1991), Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (1995), Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award (1990), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (1989), Golden Archer Award (1989), Soaring Eagle Book Award (1997), Iowa Teen Award (1990), Minnesota Book Award (1988), William Allen White Children’s Book Award (1990), Bluestem Book Award Nominee (2016), Virginia Reader’s Choice for Middle (1989), Oklahoma Sequoyah Award for YA (1990)

Source: Goodreads

Naylor, P. R. (1991). Shiloh. New York: Atheneum.

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Awards:
Newbery Medal (1992), Texas Bluebonnet Award (1994), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award (1994), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Intermediate Book (1994), Nene Award (1994), Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (1994), Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award (1994), Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award for Grades 6-8 (1993), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (1993), Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award for Youth (1994), Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award (1993), Children’s Choice Book Award (1994), New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award (1994), IRA-CBC Teacher’s Choice, Bluestem Book Award Nominee (2015), Oklahoma Sequoyah Award for Children (1994)

Source: Goodreads

My review:

When Marty stumbles upon a dog, an unbreakable bond is formed. However, when he discovers  the dog belongs to Judd Travers, a struggle to save his new beloved friend begins. Shiloh is a profound story about the lengths one boy will go for his dog. It works well for its target audience on multiple levels. We know how positively many children respond to dogs in stories, and this is certainly a book for dog lovers. However, it’s also a book about perseverance, and having compassion for others, especially for those who have less power than we do. A great book for ages 8-11.

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