Reviews for Shiloh Season


AudioFile Reviews 1998 March
Marty Preston lived a peaceful life in Friendly, West Virginia, making meaning of everything he's observed and holding tight to Shiloh, the little beagle he earned fair and square from the town drunk, Judd Travers, who beats his dogs and poaches other animals. Michael Moriarty reads Marty's first-person narrative in a quiet country drawl with syllables and words strung together smooth and fast. A disaffected inflection suggests wisdom, not indifference, as his long final syllables carry the listener from sentence to sentence. Travers's voice is hard, and loud, and mean. The judicious use of music and dramatic sound effects emphasizes the emotional tone of pivotal scenes. This is a superb production of the sequel to the Newbery Medal-winning Shiloh. T.B. Copyright 1999 AudioFile Reviews

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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

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