Christmas is coming and Marty and his rescued pup Shiloh are sure glad about that--for their town is sure low on love and understanding and they hope that the joy of the holiday will bring with it the generosity of spirit that's so lacking. Read more...
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Christmas is coming and Marty and his rescued pup Shiloh are sure glad about that--for their town is sure low on love and understanding and they hope that the joy of the holiday will bring with it the generosity of spirit that's so lacking.
It's been a year since Marty Preston rescued Shiloh from Judd Travers and his cruel ways, and since then, Marty and Shiloh have been inseparable. Anywhere Marty goes, the beagle's at his side, and Marty couldn't be happier about that. Even Judd has been working to improve his reputation.
But just as townsfolk grow more accepting of Judd, a fire in the woods destroys many homes, including Judd's, and Judd's newly formed reputation. Doubt, blame, and anger spread faster than the flames--flames that are fanned by the new minister, who seems fonder of fire and brimstone than love and mercy. And why are his daughters so skittish around him? And what's happened to Judd's dogs? With Christmas right around the corner, Marty has a lot of questions, and how they're answered might just take a Christmas miracle.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's fourth book in the Newbery Award-winning Shiloh series--following Shiloh, Shiloh Season, and Saving Shiloh--is full of heart-thudding suspense, as well as comfort and joy.
- ISBN-13: 9781481441513
- ISBN-10: 1481441515
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: September 2015
- Page Count: 256
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Series: Shiloh Quartet
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-14
- Reviewer: Staff
Nearly 20 years after Saving Shiloh (1997), Naylor adds a fourth title to the trilogy that began with her Newbery Medalwinning Shiloh. Set a year after Marty and Shiloh were reunited in the previous book, this installment begins with a summer drought and makes its way past Halloween and Thanksgiving to conclude with a restorative Christmas meal shared by characters who dont always see eye to eye. Along the way, Marty wrestles with the arrival of a new preacher who focuses on sin and punishment over love and forgiveness (and whose home life raises some tough moral questions for Martys family), as well as a damaging fire that destroys the home of a newly repentant Judd Travers. Naylor seamlessly interlaces themes of tolerance, compassion, and forgiveness in this poignant story as she explores the interconnectedness of family members, communities, and the dogs they love. Ages 812. (Sept.)