Reviews for Shiloh Season

School Library Journal Reviews 1998 July
Gr 3-5-Young readers who have met Shiloh (Atheneum, 1991) will continue to love and sympathize with the delightful beagle as new concerns and adventures develop which strengthen the relationship between Shiloh and owner, Marty Preston, more than ever. As a sequel to the 1992 Newbery Medal winner, Shiloh Season (Atheneum, 1996) exposes the best and the worst of human nature and the natural consequences of each. Although Marty has honestly earned Shiloh from his evil and mean neighbor, Judd Travers, Shiloh may still be in danger because Judd disregards the law and kills animals irrationally out of season. Will there be a Shiloh season? It could be any time with the reckless and often drunk behavior of Judd. Listeners will notice a remarkable change in behavior when Judd realizes that Shiloh saved his life. The dramatic reading by Michael Moriarty heightens the emotions of love, hate, anger and kindness which permeate the story. Young listeners will also identify easily with the innocence of Marty, and will empathize with the difficult situations he faces to protect his family and to save Shiloh. This reading will evoke lively discussions on a variety of topics-boy/dog relationships, family responsibilities, integrity, good character development and long-lasting virtues. This reading will enhance any language arts curriculum. Young readers will not want to miss the last of the Shiloh trilogy, Saving Shiloh (Atheneum, 1997).APatricia Mahoney Brown, Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY