|Phyllis Reynolds Naylor met the dog who is Shiloh in this story during a visit to West Virginia. "It was the saddest dog I ever saw." she says, and for weeks after returning home, she could not get it out of her mind. And so she did what she always does when a problem haunts her- works it out in a book. "Like a patchwork quilt," says Mrs. Naylor, "a novel is made up of things I have heard or read about, all mixed up with imagination." The real story has a happy ending however. Friends in West Virginia wrote that they found the dog she had seen near the little community of Shiloh, took her in and named her Clover.|
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the author of over 70 books, including Alice in Rapture, Sort of; Reluctantly Alice; Beetles, Lightly Toasted; and One of the Third Grade Thonkers, all available in Yearling editions. She and her husband, Rex, live in Bethesada, Maryland.
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