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Wilson Rawls
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April 26 1961
A boy living in the Ozark Mountains acquires two beloved coon hounds, and together the three of them experience danger, adventure, love, and sorrow.
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Author Wilson Rawls spent his boyhood much like the character of this book, Billy Colman, roaming the Ozarks of northeastern Oklahoma with his bluetick hound. A straightforward, shoot-from-the-hip storyteller with a searingly honest voice, Rawls is well-loved for this powerful 1961 classic and the award-winning novel Summer of the Monkeys. In Where the Red Fern Grows, Billy and his precious coonhound pups romp relentlessly through the Ozarks, trying to "tree" the elusive raccoon. In time, the inseparable trio wins the coveted gold cup in the annual coon-hunt contest, captures the wily ghost coon, and bravely fights with a mountain lion. When the victory over the mountain lion turns to tragedy, Billy grieves, but learns the beautiful old Native American legend of the sacred red fern that grows over the graves of his dogs. This unforgettable classic belongs on every child's bookshelf. (Ages 9 and up) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time when I was a little girl July 9 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I hate it when a reviewer gives the story away, so I won't. Safe to say, though, that when I was a little girl, I read a book in one night, under the covers with a flashlight. That book, of course, was WTRFG. I just re-read it again after 20 some-odd years. I am surprised to find that I cried as hard as I did as when I was 9. I was once again, so engrossed that I read it in one night, ignoring the fact that I had to work the next day. It is a beautiful story, a timeless one. A childhood favorite. I am amazed that it didn't win a Newberry Honor medal, or some other kind of award. This is one of the books that helped instill a loving of reading at an early age. A GEM, don't miss it. A story about a young boy on the brink of manhood and his love for his pups....whom he worked so hard for. You will laugh and cry, at age 9, 29, or 99. Buy it for your kids, and rea it for yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!! June 13 2011
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This book was exciting! If you like books like "Old Yeller" you will love Where The Red Fern Grows! Its a book about a boy and his two hounds. The hounds only have two loves in there life hunting, and Billy. Billy was ten years old, he finds an add in the paper that says "25$ for a hound". 2 years pass and he's 12, he has 50$ for two hounds. Read the book and see how man's best friend and the owner share a friendship and bond together. In my opinion I loved this book! I give it 4 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Dec 31 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars It will reach out and touch your heart. Jan. 30 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Did you ever want a dog one of those adorable puppies you see in the newspaper ads but you just dont have enough money to get it? Share an experience with the main character.
In where the red fern grows you will read about how 2 awesome puppies are bought raised up and buried ina grave together. This book could make you cry about all its emotions and feelings.
This story is great and you might have a great time reading it so I recomend you get this book so you can enjoy all its fun cute and parts. so read it because it will never be put down.
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The book "Where the Red Fern Grows" is about a 10 year old boy named Billy, who wants two coon hounds to hunt with. When my 7th grade English class started reading the abridged version this year, I thought it was the corniest book, but boy was I wrong. In the book, Billy, wants two coon hounds that together are fifty dollars. This is during the Great Depression, and his family won't buy the dogs for him. He saves every penny he gets by helping fisherman and other people who camp down at a river in the Ozarks. After two long years and a prayer he got his coon hounds. He and his grandfather kept the fact that he had saved all that money, a secret. Because Billy didn't want to wait to have someone that shopped at his grandfather's store take him to Tahlequah, he walked the hundred miles in three days. After 6 days, Billy returned with his dogs and various items for his 3 sisters, his mother and his father (because the price of the dogs had dropped to 30 dollars). Eventually hunting season starts and before it had Billy had named and trained his two dogs Little Ann and Old Dan. He immediatly took them hunting. The first coon they had treed, was in a tree that was so wide, that one couldn't even stretch and arms length and reach the other side of the tree. But Billy had made a promise to his dogs that the first coon they had treed he would kill the coon. Billy, kept his promise. They continued to hunt all throughout the season even in horrible storms. If you read the book, you will understand how aggressive Little Ann and Old Dan are. Then, near the end of the season grandfather sees an ad for a coon hunting champion and immediately enters Little Ann and Old Dan. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Summary and review of Where The Red Fern Grows Oct. 26 2003
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Billy lives on a farm in the Ozarks. He wants two coonhounds very badly; however his papa cannot afford any. Billy works hard and eventually has enough money to buy two coonhounds. Billy trains his dogs to become highly-skilled raccoon hunters. The two dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann, are determined hunters and never let Billy down. Billy's grandfather enters Billy in a coon-hunting contest and they win. One night his dogs tree a mountain lion. Old Dan gets badly wounded and dies the next day. Billy is heartbroken, but Little Ann is so sad that she loses her will to live, and dies a few days later. Billy goes to visit the dogs' graves and finds a giant red fern. According to Indian Legend, only an angel can plant a red fern.
This is an excellent book to use in the classroom. Students of all ages would enjoy this book, because it shows the close bond that people share with their pets. This book teaches students many valuable lessons such as, friendship, love, loyalty, sacrificing, and coping with the hardship of losing loved ones. Where the Red Fern Grows would be interesting to students in 4th grade and above.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The best book Feb. 3 2003
By Bart
Jut the books cover will catch your attention the story doesn't even need a hook the book I am talking about is Where The Red Fern Grows By Wilson Rawls. It's a sad story but very interesting story but very interesting and it will make u want to read more and more. The author of this book is Wilson Rawls did an excellent job of thinking of this story. This is one of my favorite books of all times. Whoever reads this story will fall in love with the character.
Billy is just a young teenage boy living with his family he has 2 sisters his mom and dad. He has a grandma and grandpa that owns a store a few miles from were they live. He roams the Ozarks in northeastern Oklahoma were he lives a very happy life. His family lives on a big farm where they get some of there food, because they don't have a lot of money.
One day he went down to the river to see what the fishermen have left behind. He found a magazine and sat on an old sycamore log and looked threw it. So he was reading along when he found a add for two dogs for fifty dollars. But he didn't have the money and he was sure his parents didn't either. So he figured he would do a lot of work to get some money so he saved up every cent he had. He put his money in a little tin can which he hid in the river.
So like after one year he finally earned up fifty dollars. So now he had to go pick up the dogs but he didn't want to tell his parent because he was afraid they wouldn't let him. So he told his grandpa and his grandpa ordered the dogs and did what he could so he got ready and set off on the way. He figured it would be faster to travel threw the mountains then to travel on the road. So when he got there he went up and knocked on the place and the guy came out with a box and cut the box open.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great night reading
I remember reading this book in grade achool and loving it. The author is so descriptive that you feel yourself running through the Ozark hills with Billy, Old Dan, and Little Ann. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2010 by littleann123
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the Red Fern Grows
Where the Red Fern Grows
This exciting book takes place in the Ozark Mountains, during the Great Depression. Read more
Published on April 3 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a better story out there?
NO, this has to be the best story I have ever read. I read this book recently to my 7 year old son. Wanting to show him the power of books. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by A. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Where The Red Fern Grow touched my heart!
Where the Red Fern Grows is a beautiful story. The story has excellent descriptions. The Ozarks seem like a beautiful place to live. Read more
Published on June 4 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book!
Wow! this is one of the best book I have written in a long time. If you have not read Where the Red Fern Grows trust me it is the kind of book you will have regeted if you did... Read more
Published on June 4 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Where the Red Fern Grows
I really enjoyed this book, even though it was a little repetitive at times. Some parts you could predict what would happen, but others were very interesting. Read more
Published on May 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll hunt with this book anytime
I read this book in 6th grade and after I bought it at a book store. I will never ever lose it, I defently reccomend it to any reader out there. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Where the Red Fern Grows
I thought it was a pretty good book. It was a story of friendship and companionship, with a comprehensible moral. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Kristin Garber
4.0 out of 5 stars Still with me
I had to read this book in 5th or 6th grade. The passion the protagonist had for dogs and 'cooning has stuck with me. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by Sarah Sammis
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