My first animal story comes straight from my daughter's bookshelf. She actually bought this book a while ago, and I've wanted to read it for a while. I've read and enjoyed other works by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, so I had high hopes for this one. I wasn't disappointed.
In Shiloh, a little boy named Marty comes across a runaway beagle while he's out exploring the hills and woods around his home. The beagle is very skittish and shy which leads Marty to believe he's been abused. Marty wants to keep him, but discovers that the dog he names Shiloh belongs to the meanest man Marty knows, Judd Travers. Shiloh is all about Marty's courageous struggle to save the dog he has grown to love.
This was such a sweet story. It was a quick, enjoyable read, and I really needed it. Shiloh is something totally different for me, and that's one of the things I liked most about it. I fell in love with the little beagle along with Marty, and I'd recommend this book to anyone, especially animal lovers.