WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS Hardcover – Apr 26 1961
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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.
Praise for Where the Red Fern Grows
A Top 100 Children’s Novel, School Library Journal
A Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14, NPR
Winner of 4 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
From the Paperback edition. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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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!
By: Rawls, Wilson
Reviewed by: S. Chang
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I read this book in grade six, and I am now 22. It will forever have a place in my heart for something that impacted me a lot when I was younger. Read morePublished 15 months ago by anonymous
This item was purchased as a gift for my grandson. I have not yet given it to him, but based on my understanding of his reading preferences, I expect him to be pleased.Published 20 months ago by P. Salisbury
My favorite book. Makes me cry every time. Glad I can share it with my girls now.Published 23 months ago by Whylin
WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS IS QUITE POSSIBLY ONE OF THE THE SADDEST MOVIE WE HAVE WATCHED. WOULD LOVE TO WATCH IT IN BLU-RAY.Published on Dec 31 2013 by Linda L.
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2013 by courtney oostenbrink
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 morePublished on Dec 12 2010 by littleann123
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 morePublished on July 14 2004 by A. Hansen
Where the Red Fern Grows is a beautiful story. The story has excellent descriptions. The Ozarks seem like a beautiful place to live. Read morePublished on June 4 2004
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 morePublished on June 3 2004