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Where the Red Fern Grows

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Where the Red Fern Grows

For fans of Old Yeller and Shiloh, Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man's best friend.

Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he's finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he's ecstatic. It doesn't matter that times are tough; together they'll roam the hills of the Ozarks.
Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan's brawn, Little Ann's brains, and Billy's sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.

Praise for Where the Red Fern Grows

A Top 100 Children's Novel, School Library Journal's A Fuse #8 Production
A Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14, NPR
Winner of Multiple State Awards
Over 7 million copies in print!

"A rewarding book . . . [with] careful, precise observation, all of it rightly phrased." —The New York Times Book Review

"One of the great classics of children's literature . . . Any child who doesn't get to read this beloved and powerfully emotional book has missed out on an important piece of childhood for the last 40-plus years." —Common Sense Media

"An exciting tale of love and adventure you'll never forget." —School Library Journal

"A book of unadorned naturalness." —Kirkus Reviews

"Written with so much feeling and sentiment that adults as well as children are drawn [in] with a passion." —Arizona Daily Star

"It's a story about a young boy and his two hunting dogs and . . . I can't even go on without getting a little misty." —The Huffington Post

"A brilliant literary work." —TeenInk.com

"We tear up just thinking about it." —Time on the film adaptation

For fans of Old Yeller and Shiloh, Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man's best friend.

Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he's finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he's ecstatic. It doesn't matter that times are tough; together they'll roam the hills of the Ozarks.
Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan's brawn, Little Ann's brains, and Billy's sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.

Praise for Where the Red Fern Grows

A Top 100 Children's Novel, School Library Journal's A Fuse #8 Production
A Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14, NPR
Winner of Multiple State Awards
Over 7 million copies in print!

"A rewarding book . . . [with] careful, precise observation, all of it rightly phrased." —The New York Times Book Review

"One of the great classics of children's literature . . . Any child who doesn't get to read this beloved and powerfully emotional book has missed out on an important piece of childhood for the last 40-plus years." —Common Sense Media

"An exciting tale of love and adventure you'll never forget." —School Library Journal

"A book of unadorned naturalness." —Kirkus Reviews

"Written with so much feeling and sentiment that adults as well as children are drawn [in] with a passion." —Arizona Daily Star

"It's a story about a young boy and his two hunting dogs and . . . I can't even go on without getting a little misty." —The Huffington Post

"A brilliant literary work." —TeenInk.com

"We tear up just thinking about it." —Time on the film adaptation

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About the Author-
  • Wilson Rawls is the author of the timeless classic Where the Red Fern Grows and the acclaimed novel Summer of the Monkeys. He was born on a small farm in the Ozark Mountains and spent much of his boyhood roaming northeastern Oklahoma with his only companion, an old bluetick hound. Rawls's hound was not only a friend, but served as an audience for the endless stories he loved to tell. Though he didn't have access to real books until he was of high-school age, Rawls's modest beginnings provided the foundation upon which greater success was built.

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  • DOGO Books leap415 - SPOILER ALERT!!! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS STORY, DO NOT READ! SPEAK NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE!!! 3...2...1...Where the Red Fern Grows is a heart-melting story about two coon hounds, Little Ann the brains and Old Dan the brawn, that can't survive without each other. Billy, their determined trainer, lives on a farm and has little money, but that didn't stop him from getting TWO dogs. They were really expensive, of course! In the next two years, Billy saved...$50.00 for the hounds. Later he kept $10.00 because the price lowered down. He walked from the Ozarks to a town full of arrogant people. Billy rounds up his dogs and sets for home. He then conquers many obstacles like a "boy-fight", a mountain lion, enemy loss...you name it! This is the place I stopped at. Now comes another interesting plot: Billy is prepared for a coon hunting contest. (And a side note to the people that want to continue to read on later, see my following replies in the future.) Will he win? Will he lose? Will he face any more problems? Read WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS! In case you have finished the book, WATCH THE MOVIE! (To be continued...)
  • The New York Times Book Review "A rewarding book . . . [with] careful, precise observation, all of it rightly phrased."
  • Common Sense Media "One of the great classics of children's literature . . . Any child who doesn't get to read this beloved and powerfully emotional book has missed out on an important piece of childhood for the last 40-plus years."
  • The Huffington Post "It's a story about a young boy and his two hunting dogs and . . . I can't even go on without getting a little misty."
  • TeenInk.com "A brilliant literary work."
  • Time on the film adaptation "We tear up just thinking about it."
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