Marty will do anything to save his new friend Shiloh in this Newbery Medal–winning novel from Phillis Reynolds Naylor.
When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it’s love at first sight—and also big trouble.
It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun—and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd.
But Marty’s secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd’s anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his?
Marty gets to keep Shiloh! He wasn’t able to rescue all the dogs that Judd Travers mistreated, but at least Shiloh is safe . . . right?
Not necessarily, it turns out. With hunting season approaching, Judd has started drinking again, and hunting on the outskirts of Marty’s family property. What if Judd tries to take back Shiloh? What if one of Marty’s sisters gets in the way of Judd’s shotgun? It seems only a matter of time before something goes very wrong.
The thing is, Marty knows a secret about Judd that no one else does, and if anything terrible happens, he will never be able to forgive himself for keeping quiet. Is it time for Marty to speak up? And can he find the courage to do so, before someone he loves gets hurt?
Marty Preston wonders why it is that despite Judd Traver’s attempts to redeem himself everyone is still so willing to think the worst of him. Marty’s friend David is sure that Judd will be named as the murderer of a man who has been missing.
Others are sure that Judd is behind a series of burglaries in the area. But Marty’s parents and, with some trepidation, Marty himself persist in their attempts to be good neighbors and to give Judd a second chance.
Now that Marty has Shiloh, maybe he can help Judd to take better care of his other dogs. Then again, maybe folks are right — there’s no way a Judd Travers can ever change for the good.
Then a terrifying life-or-death situation brings this dilemma into sharp focus. Saving Shiloh is a powerful novel that brings this trilogy to a close.