What is the significance of the final line in the story?
At the end of the book, Marty comments “…and I’m thinking how nothing is as simple as you guess-not right or wrong, not Judd Travers, not even me or this dog I got here. But the good part is I saved Shiloh and opened my eyes some. Now that ain’t bad for eleven.” I believe that the significance of this statement is simply that Marty has learned that life is not easy. He has, up until this point, observed life as a child; however, finding Shiloh and having to fight for him has opened his eyes to the fact that, even if you are a child, things are not always as simple as they seem. Right is not always right and wrong is not always wrong, but no matter what, some things are worth fighting for. For Marty, that something was Shiloh, and he realizes that, for an eleven-year-old that is a pretty mature conclusion to reach.