Shiloh, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s story of a boy and a dog, takes place in West Virginia’s hill country. When a stray dog show up at his home, Marty Preston develops a deep love for the stubborn dog, but his father recognizes the stray to be the property of Judd Travers, a hardened man who half-starves his animals in order to create keen hunters. Judd retrieves Shiloh, but the dog runs away again, and Marty decides to hide the dog, making him a shelter in the hills, all the while harboring a relentless guilt regarding the deception. Marty’s mother discovers the secret, but before she can act, Shiloh is attacked and mauled by a German Shepherd. In recovery, the dog becomes the family pet, but once again, Judd comes back, refusing to sell the dog. Matters might have ended there, but Marty witnesses Judd shoot a deer out of season, and barters his knowledge for the chance to get Shiloh back. A deal is reached whereby Marty works for Judd for two weeks in exchange for Shiloh, and in these weeks, Marty and the calloused Judd learn to respect one another, giving Marty a new perspective. With its sensitivity to the hard knocks and personal struggles of life, Shiloh is a classic work of literature, made ever more lovable by the fervently devoted pup.