Shiloh Season by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Marty has his new dog Shiloh and things seem good. He goes to school and he works for the local doctor to pay off Shiloh’s vet bill. Judd’s not doing too well though. Judd is the hunter that Marty got Shiloh from. Judd’s drinking a whole lot. He accuses Marty of scratching his truck, pushing his mailbox over, and letting his dogs out. Things come to a head when one of Judd’s dog’s bites one of Marty’s sisters and Judd ends up over the hill in his truck. As Judd recovers Marty is determined to make Judd know that people care about him.
What I liked
If it were me, I don’t think I’d give Judd the time of day. I think I’d let him stew in his own alcohol-induced stupor, alone. Marty seems like a better person than I am. He insists on making friends with Judd and helping him out. He reached out to Judd like he would reach out to a scared dog and eventually made something of a friend in Judd.
What I didn’t like
Judd sounds like people I’ve known. Those people were not good people, or they masqueraded as good people, but really, they were trashy with a capital T. I don’t like being around those kinds of people. I avoid those kinds of people. Maybe it’s not nice, but I don’t want to deal with the drama that comes from those kinds of people. Marty doesn’t have a whole lot of choice about this as Judd is his neighbor and he’s just a kid. He has to put up with Judd. I feel bad that Marty has to deal with Judd. Marty is definitely the bigger person for being nice to Judd and helping him out.
It’s nice to know that some people will help you no matter how bad you may seem.
Do you avoid trashy drama people?
Have you ever helped someone out even though that person really annoys you?