SHILOH series reading information

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's SHILOH series is popular with moms, students, and teachers.  It was #7 on Children's Top 100 Book List  and it's a Newbery Winner.

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bookcover of SHILOH  (1992 NEWBERY WINNER) by Phyllis Reynolds NaylorSHILOH
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

3.83 avg rating — 31,329 ratings 

**Starred Review** ALA BookList
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award
Texas Bluebonnet Award
book and series #7 of Children's Top 100 Book List

Marty lives in rural West Virginia at a time when food and work is scarce.  When he finds a dog, he falls in love, the way kids will, and he tries to hide him from his family.

If lying to his parents isn't bad enough, it turns out that Shiloh belongs to a mean low-life who not only abuses his dogs, but regularly flaunts the law.  

It's a compelling story that this mom enjoyed reading along with her kids.  The author did a wonderful job of presenting the moral conflict in terms old and young can relate to.

Common Core Recommended
Reading Information:
Word Count: 29,617
Page Count:  144
Accelerated Reader: 4.4 / points: 4.0
AR quiz: 5440
Lexile: 890L
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bookcover of SHILOH SEASON  (Shiloh #2) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
**Starred Review** ALA BookList

 3.93 avg rating — 1,659 ratings

In the first book the focus was on the relationship between Marty and Shiloh, and how that effected all the other relationships in Marty's life.  In this book there's a shift to an examination of Marty and his family's relationship with Judd, the mean, dog abusing bad-guy of the first book.

In this story, Judd takes up drinking to excess again and begins to harass the Prestons (Marty's family) and the boy fears that Judd will go back on their deal that lets him keep Shiloh.  And instead of a focusing on Morality, in this book Naylor turns an eye to what it means to be wicked.

Uplifting ending.  You should know that Judd wings a squirrel and watches it slowly die.

Word Count: 31,674
Page Count: 137
Accelerated Reader: 4.8 / points: 5.0
AR quiz: 13758
Lexile: 860L
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bookcover of SAVING SHILOH  (Shiloh #3) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee

3.89 avg rating — 1,860 ratings

In this final volume, it's not Shiloh, but Judd who is saved/redeemed.

In their community there is a rash of thefts and even a murder, and the community assumes that Judd is the perpetrator.  The Prestons don't believe this and at the end Judd is inspired to change his ways.

Word Count: 37,081
Page Count: 120
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.9 / points: 6.0
AR quiz: 17789
Lexile: 1020L
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