Where the Red Fern Grows

The Story of Two Dogs and A Boy

Rawls, Wilson

Paperback - 1989
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Where the Red Fern Grows
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The story of a young boy's love for two hunting dogs and his coming of age in Oklahoma in the 1930's.

Publisher: New York : Bantam ; 1989
Edition: Bantam Starfire Book
ISBN: 0553274295
9780553274295
Branch Call Number: J FIC R
Characteristics: 249 p. ; 18 cm.

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Aug 04, 2013
  • niku1234 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This was an okay book. It was well written but was quite sad. Although i would have liked a happy ending, I was satisfied with the book.

Apr 16, 2013
  • lafing1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I first read this book at age 9, and have re-read it many times since then. It is a classic story, where childhood dreams are achieved through hard work and persistence.

Feb 05, 2013

It is pretty good. The ending is sad, but not that sad. In classic books someone always dies.

Nov 26, 2012
  • lakevilla_IDOL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is about a young boy who saves up his money for two hunting dogs. The dogs and the boy go through the good and the bad together. Their love grows for eachother. The ending of this book is sad, but it is very touching.

May 31, 2012
  • meenkyujung rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very sad story but very well written and also adventureous.

May 12, 2012
  • dixiedog rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful book for a juvenile, (perhaps age 12) to adult to read. It is a story about a young boy who earned and saved money for two years just to buy two hounds for hunting racoons. It is a story about the love that grows between a boy and his dogs. While the ending is sad, I would recommend this wholesome book to any reader. Senior Doctor-at-Bass. D. A.

Jun 05, 2011
  • jessica_wirth rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

sobbed my way through the second half of this touching story about old Dan and Little Anne! One of the books that ignited my passion for reading!

Jun 05, 2011

kids book - really touches the heart

Dec 29, 2010
  • tllynch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

We read this as a family.

It was so good everyone found it hard to wait until the next day to hear more of the story.

Very sad near the ending, and had most of the kids crying at one point, but worth the read!

Dec 17, 2010
  • sachipachi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Even though this book was sssooo sad it was probably one of the best books that i've read.

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May 31, 2013
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May 31, 2013
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May 10, 2012
  • dixiedog rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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  • BookWorm432 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The adult Billy Colman narrates his childhood memories. Living with his Papa and Mama and three sisters in the Ozark Mountains in Oklahoma, all 10-year-old Billy wants is two hounds with whom he can hunt "coons" (raccoons). His family cannot afford them, however, so Billy works odd jobs for two years and saves up the money to buy them. Only then does he tell his plan to his Grandpa, who helps arrange the purchase.

After an initial adventure in which they scare off a mountain lion, Billy and his two hounds - a small, intelligent female dog he names Little Ann and a stronger, determined male dog he calls Old Dan - are inseparable. They learn all the angles of coon hunting and make a great team; no wily coon can outsmart Little Ann, and Old Dan is strong and sure. More than that, the dogs seem bonded to each other, and to Billy, in mysterious ways. Both dogs' lives are endangered at different points, but with bravery and intelligence they all help each other out of jams.

One day, the cruel, trouble-making Pritchard boys bet Billy that his dogs, whose reputations grow with each new coonskin, cannot "tree" (chase up a tree, at which point the hunter usually chops down the tree) the elusive "ghost coon" in their neck of the woods. On the hunt, the elder Rubin accidentally falls on Billy's ax as he tries to kill Billy's dogs (who are fighting the Pritchards' dog). The incident haunts Billy.

To cheer Billy up, Grandpa enters him in a championship coon hunt. Billy, Grandpa, and Papa go to the contest. Immediately, Little Ann wins the beauty contest. Billy qualifies for the championship round in which his dogs bag three coons, but a blizzard sets in as they chase away a fourth one necessary for the win. The men eventually find the half-frozen dogs circling a treed coon. When they kill the fourth coon, they win the championship and the $300 jackpot.

The family is ecstatic over Billy's success, and Mama is especially grateful for the money. But some weeks after the championship, Billy and the dogs encounter a mountain lion. The dogs save Billy's life, and they manage to kill it, but not before it inflicts serious damage on Old Dan. He dies, and without him, Little Ann loses the will to live and dies a few days later. Billy buries them next to each other and cannot understand why God took them from him.

With the money the dogs have earned over time from the coonskins and the jackpot, the family can finally move to town in the spring and the children can receive an education. On the day they move, Billy revisits his dogs' graves. He finds a red fern has sprouted up between the two mounds. He knows the Indian legend about a little boy and girl who had been lost in a blizzard and froze to death. When their bodies were found in the spring, a red fern had sprouted between them. As the legend goes, only an angel can plant the seeds of a red fern, which never dies and makes the spot sacred.

The adult Billy reflects that he would like to revisit the Ozarks and all his childhood haunts. He is sure the red fern is still there, larger now, for he believes its legend.

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