Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana in 1933. She grew up during the Great Depression. Money was so scarce that Naylor used the backs of paper she took from the trash can to write her first stories on.
When Naylor turned 16 she published her first story in a church magazine. Naylor paid her way through college at the American University in Washington, D. C. by selling her stories. After receiving a bachelors degree, Naylor decided to devote her life to writing. She has written over one hundred books.
One of Naylors best loved books is Shiloh. This book tells the story of 11-year-old Marty Preston who hides a mistreated beagle pup from his owner. Marty struggles with the idea of returning the pup which he names Shiloh to its rightful owner. Will Shiloh be mistreated again if he does return him?
Shiloh has won a number of awards including:
- Newbery Award
- ALA Notable Books
- IRA Young Adult Choices
- IRA Teachers Choice
- 24 state awards
Shiloh was made into a movie directed by Dale Rosenbloom by Utopia Pictures in 1997.