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Does Shiloh Die?

Comment:

Shiloh series is a fantastic book series. My 8 year old son and his classmates were reading Shiloh, and he wanted to continue that at home. My son and I read together at night, and this has been a great series to do that with. We are on the last book  A Shiloh Christmas. My concern is that after all this time loving this dog, we find out that Shiloh dies. I know all dogs do, we lost our beloved dog just a couple years ago. It was very difficult. Every so often our son will say, “I really miss him”, just out of the blue. 🙁 I need to be prepared and know if Shiloh Dies at the End of This Book. I need to be prepared to help my son with it. Thanks so much for your work. And for giving my son and I some special time each evening.

Phyllis replied:

Shiloh does NOT die in my series.  Perhaps the fact that the real dog back in West Virginia, which inspired the series, died in 2000, gets mixed up with the dog in the book.  Although there are lots of tense moments in A Shiloh Christmas, I think that both you and your son will enjoy the ending.

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Won’t you write another?

Question:

I’m a grandma of a 10 year old that didn’t care much for reading until Shiloh. He has the whole series, read every one, but will not finish the last one because he doesn’t want it to end!! He relates so well to the characters. Any chance you will change your mind and write another of this young boy and his dog?

Phyllis replied:

Oh, I wish I had two heads and four hands and 36-hour days!  But there are just too many other kinds of books I want to write.  I can suggest a few other books of mine that seem very popular with 10 year-olds.  You know your grandson better than I do, of course, so you would know which of the following might appeal to him most.  As a single book, with a lot of suspense, Going Where It’s Dark–about a 7th grade boy who wants so much to discover a cave in his area of the country–but is bullied by a group of guys who tease him on the school bus, and when they lower him into the opening of a cave that the county has closed up…well, I can’t tell you the ending, but I think it will make the reader happy.  If your grandson likes series, however, and if he happens to like cats, he might like the sassy “Cat Pack” series of 4–The Grand  Escape, The Healing of Texas Jake, Carlotta’s Kittens, and Polo’s Mother.  Written from the viewpoint of two housecats who manage to escape to the great outdoors.  And the 12-book series–a houseful of boys who try to outwit a houseful of girls–and make their family move back where they came from.  Except they start having so much fun with the tricks they play on the girls, and their amazement at the girls’ tricks in return, that…. Well, I won’t tell how it all ends, but your grandson should start with The Boys Start the War, followed by The Girls Get  Even.

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Posted on: February 23, 2017

letter

Comment:

Dear Ms. Reynolds Naylor,
We liked reading your book, Shiloh. I liked your book because the plot created a spark in my mind that made me want to read more. It did take some figuring out when it came to words like ”gunnysacks”
Wait, don’t stop!!! We still have some questions for you to answer.
•Where did you get the idea of writing Shiloh?
•Who inspired you to be a writer?

Phyllis replied:

I think my parents get the credit for reading aloud to us every night, almost until we started high school.  It was just a family thing, and they read so dramatically.   I got the idea for writing about a dog named Shiloh, because that’s where I found the real live dog who inspired me, in Shiloh, West  Virginia.

 

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Posted on: February 23, 2017

Shiloh fans in China

Comment:

I work in a Chinese library in South West China and I’m responsible for children’s English books. I already introduced other three Shiloh books to the book-purchasing plan at the beginning of this year. I’m happy that after three months when the books come into our library, more Chinese kids who love human-and-animal stories could read also your original writing but not just translations.

 

Phyllis replied:

That’s wonderful that your students are able to read the Shiloh books in English as well as Chinese.  As someone who never learned a second language, I’m in awe of people who are fluent in more than one.  Sometimes even two or three!

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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Is Shiloh Real?

Comment:
We liked reading your book, Shiloh. I liked your book because the plot created a spark in my mind that made me want to read more. It did take some figuring out when it came to words like ”gunnysacks”
Wait, don’t stop!!! We still have some questions for you to answer.
•Where did you get the idea of writing Shiloh?
•Who inspired you to be a writer?
• Is Shiloh real?
P.s. (From David) My Grandpa has a dog that looks Shiloh!

Phyllis replied:

Indeed, Shiloh was a real dog, who died in 2000, that I found in the community of Shiloh, West Virginia.  For all your questions about me or the book or the dog, please use my website, www.phyllisnaylor.com  It will tell you all you ever wanted to know!

 

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Posted on: February 15, 2017

Email from China

Comment:

 

I am a Chinese. After my reading the first Shiloh book, the images of Shiloh and Marty happily haunt me in my mind and make me never forget. They are always warm and love pictures I like. Marty told honest-to-God lies to protect Shiloh from returning to its old master, Judd Travers,and being mistreated; Marty and his Dad took the badly bleeding Shiloh to Doc Murphy and Murphy saved its life finally; Marty did a lot of things for Judd just in order to having Shiloh and love it; Shiloh living in the cozy box of Preston’s house…and the other thing I feel mostly interesting about this book is the paw-tograph of Clover, the prototype of Shiloh, and the story about Phyllis and Clover. When I imagine a cute beagle wearing a sunglass and pressing her paws on title pages of new-bought Shiloh books one by one, I can even hear tinkling laugh from some Chinese kids who love Shiloh.I don’t know why I think of the dog wearing sunglass, but I think it is cool. Its paw-print on the page must be the most unique and lovely sign in the book world! Expect the other three Shiloh Stories!

 

Phyllis replied:

You write English very well, and I was so happy to know that you enjoyed the first book of the Shiloh quartet.   Yes, the friends of ours who adopted the little abused dog I found in West Virginia are responsible for that paw print.  After I won the Newbery Award for the book, so many people drove up in the hills to the community of Shiloh to see the dog that had inspired the book, that they had a rubber stamp made of her paw so they could stamp something  to give to the dog’s fans.  And when they asked if I would like a rubber stamp too, of course I said YES!   Whenever I autograph someone’s book, I also stamp a paw print.

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Posted on: February 15, 2017

shiloh

Comment:

I love the shiloh books can you write more please

 

Phyllis replied:

I hope you have read all four of them.  I loved writing them too, but there are SO many other books I want to write!

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Posted on: February 14, 2017

A Good Book

Comment:

I liked your book when I read it because when Marty hid Shiloh in a wooden dog house.He hid it really well until his mom found out and told his dad and I liked when Marty had to do a lot of work done at Judd’s house. Another thing I liked is when Marty finally got Shiloh. The last thing I liked about it was when Marty and his dad brought Shiloh to Doc Murphy. I think the book was a good book.

Phyllis replied:

Be sure to see the Shiloh movie on DVD.  I think you’ll like that too.

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Posted on: February 11, 2017

I’ve read it three times!

Comment:

The book Shiloh is amazing. I have read it three times and I can’t get enough of it. The text helps you get a great picture in your mind and know where and why things are happening. I love how Shiloh is written in first person showing what the main character is feeling. Next there are more than just one issue, there are multiple. One is Shiloh being mistreated by his owner, his family doesn’t a lot of money, and Shiloh gets brutally injured. Secondly the villain (Judd Travers) gives us a glimpse in his past to tell us why he is like he is, because he was beaten in his past life and now he thinks it okay to do the same to animals, and he shoots deer out of season. Marty then does whatever it takes to win Shiloh from Judd Travers. So he is working for Judd Travers to pay for Shiloh. I would recommend this book to everybody.

Phyllis replied:

I’m so happy you liked the book.  I hope you will enjoy the last three books in the series:  Shiloh Season, Saving Shiloh, and A Shiloh Christmas.

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Posted on: February 11, 2017

If You Were Marty…

Comment:

I read your book and I really liked it especially when Judd let Marty have Shiloh at the end of the book. Shiloh because it would be really awesome. If you were Marty what would do to get Shiloh if you really wanted him? If Judd actually shot Shiloh would Judd go to jail for awhile? When Doc Murphy saved shiloh what if shiloh died how would that reflect the story at the end of it?

Phyllis replied:

That was the question I gave myself when I started writing the book–what could an eleven year-old boy do to persuade a mean and miserable man to let him keep his dog?  And I would do what Marty did.  As for what would happen if Judd actually shot Shiloh, or Doc Murphy couldn’t save Shiloh?  Then the other three books in the series would never have been written.  Right?

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Posted on: February 11, 2017

 

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