Wednesday, November 03, 2010


This is an okay book written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Eleven-year-old Marty Preston loves to spend time up in the hills behind his home near Friendly, West Virginia. Sometimes he takes his .22 rifle to shoot cans from the rail fence. Other times he goes up early in the morning just to sit and watch the fox and deer. But one summer Sunday, Marty comes across something different on the road just past the old Shiloh schoolhouse – a young beagle – and that’s when the trouble begins.

This book won the 1992 Newbery Medal. A film version was released in 1997. Naylor based on the story on an abused stray dog she found while on a walk.


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