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. Two days before the championship begins, Grandfather, Papa, Billy and the dogs, set off for the grounds where the championship will be held. When they get there, they sign in and there is a contest that night. You can enter your dog to try to win the beauty contest. Billy works up Little Ann and enters her, (for she has far less scars than Old Dan). The next night is the beginning of the hunting part of the championship. Billy, along with three other hunters, will hunt on the 4th night. When everyone thinks it's the end, three hunters, including Billy, are tied with the most amount of coons. So they have one more night and there is a blizzard. Little Ann and Old Dan get lost. They almost freeze to death before anyone finds them. But wouldn't leave the coon they treed. Eventually the championship ends and everyone goes home. There is much more to this book but it's the tear-jerker climax part of the story. I recommend this book to everyone because it's one of the most touching books I've ever read.