Dear Mrs. Naylor,
I am a 4th grade teacher in Palos Verdes, Ca. My students absolutely love reading Shiloh! We are just about to read the last chapter and they are on the edge of their seats. We have 2 questions…..1) Does your life relate to the story in any way? Do you personally know anyone who acts like Marty or Judd? 2) Why did you choose Friendly as the setting of your story? Have you been there before.
Thanks for being awesome! We hope to hear from you soon!
Mrs. Cummins’ 4th Graders:)
Since I found the dog in Shiloh, West Virginia, who inspired the Shiloh books, yes my life relates very much to the story. And the fact that friends eventually adopted her (it was a female dog), meant that I got to see her again when we went to visit. All the characters in my books are from my imagination, and I would love to think there are many kids around like Marty. Shiloh is a real place, and so is Friendly. Since that’s the location where I found the dog, that’s why I used real places in the story.