Thirteen years ago, I was introduced to the Shiloh series. I was nearly eight years old at the time and a new student at a school in East Texas. My family had just moved from Southern California, and I was both frightened and excited by the prospect of attending a new school. Little did I know that my second grade year would be one of the most memorable in my life. My teacher, Mrs. Schwartz, who is no longer with us, used the series to teach valuable lessons to all of us, and from what I understand, it was a tradition that she kept up over the years.
Recently, I watched Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season on television and it made me remember all the good times I had in that class. It wasn’t until the film was over that I remembered Mrs. Schwartz had passed on, but instead of feeling sadness, I felt blessed for all the good memories I have.
I want to thank you for writing this series, as well as Beetles, Lightly Toasted and Jade Green: A Ghost Story. All of these books, among countless others, inspired me and fueled my passionate hobby. In fact, they inspired me so much that I am now pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from Full Sail University’s online Creative Writing for Entertainment program. I’m a big advocator of children’s and young adult programming, and in the future, it’s the field I hope to be working in.