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Where The Red Fern Grows School & Library Binding – May 1 1981

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  • School & Library Binding: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Turtle Back Books (May 1 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881030589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881030587
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (807 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #219,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By spring tail bouncy tigger on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3 2006
Format: Paperback
Where the Red Fern Grows
This exciting book takes place in the Ozark Mountains, during the Great Depression. Saving for two years, ten-year-old Billy finally gets what he has been dreaming of. Billy has wanted a hound dog ever since he first heard one, during a coon hunt one year. After all his hard work he buys his two hound pups, Ol'Dann and Li'l Ann. He trains them each and everyday, and tries to make them into the best hound dogs around. With the help of his Grandpa and Dad, he gets to go on breath-taking adventures. Where he faces death, wins a little something and loses something dear to him.
I love this fictional book because it is based on a true story. I also love this book because it is such a thrilling book about love, adventure and passion for dogs. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves some drama, excitement and a little bit of crying! Even if you don't like dogs or any of this stuff I still think you should read this book. Because I read this book, loved it and I hate dogs!
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By Shirly on March 25 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Where the Red Fern Grows
By: Rawls, Wilson
Reviewed by: S. Chang
Period: 5
Where the Red Fern Grows is a story about a boy named Billy Coleman, Little Ann, and Old Dan. Billy worked and worked to get these two red hounds and loves them dearly. He trains his puppies to grow you as a good coon hunter. Little Ann and Old Dan grow up and become known as the best hounds, but can they withstand a mountain lion?

This book is a great book. I think the main reasons that make this book a book that you cant put down after you pick it up is because of they way the author wrote this book. And it taught me the differences about country life compared the city.

Wilson Rawls makes the reader feel like I am right beside the two dogs and Billy while hunting and all their adventures, especially when the book said, ¡°my eyes were wide, my throat dry, and my heart thumping. One judge stopped in front of Little Ann. My heart stopped, too. Reaching over, he patted her on the head.¡± This book showed me the difference between the country and the city. It showed me this when Billy went to the city and people were making fun of hi. The book¡¯s exact words when a lady made fun of Billy were, ¡°the little old lady was sitting down, rocking with laughter.

My favorite part of the book was when Billy, Little Ann, Old Dan, Billy¡¯s father and grandfather went to the coon hunting contest. I really like this part because it was very adventurous. They went through a storm, lost track of some people, and get people injured.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Evaluation: Where The Red Fern Grows
Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is a well-told story for anyone who enjoys getting attached to the characters or for someone who likes a story full of adventure. This book is full of suspense and adventure. Wilson Rawls will get you attached to the characters of this story. The story will get you emotionally involved and in doing so the book will only get better as the story progresses.
The story does start off kind slow and annoying in the way that, Billy, the main character just wines for about three chapters of wanting to get two hunting dogs. This makes the story drag on a little in the beginning and it is makes you anxious to see what is going to happen to him, if he is going to be able to achieve his goal. The facts that Billy, an eleven-year old boy, had worked for two straight years all by himself to buy his two hounds makes you appreciate the dogs even more. Creating this bond between you and the dogs makes the book more interesting. In creating this bond the author achieves a goal in making the reader care for the two hounds. In this book there is a stronger attraction towards, Old Dan and Little Ann, the dogs than there is between you and Billy. Even though they are not the main character they bring another mood to the story. It seems that every time they take part in the story the focus is more on them.
Although the beginning is a dragging process throughout four chapters the story really picks up after Billy gets Old Dan and Little Ann. The story takes you throughout many adventures that the trio have. The combination of Little Ann's intelligence and Old Dan's determination is an interesting blend that makes it impossible for one to survive with out the other.
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