Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows

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Where the Red Fern Grows is a coming-of-age adventure novel by Wilson Rawls that tells the story of Billy and his two hounds, Old Dan and Little Ann. This is a story about dogs' loyalty and abiding love for their masters.

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  • Aaron Graham
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "One of my childhood favorites, I'm sure m ost of you had to read this at a young age, I'd recommend reading it as an adult. Fascinating. "
  • Terry Jacobs
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Such a great story about love, but not only love but it's also about bravery and faith. The author did a wonderful job painting the picture with the words he implemented and you can just picture yourself inside the story line. Wow one of the best i have read to date. "
  • Megan Welch
    Written on February 7, 2018
    "I love it, it seems like a story of achievement and love for friends, my children will love it"
  • Mark Collins
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "My daughter adored this book. It was assigned reading in her 5th grade class and she absolutely loved it. It is a story of loyalty, love, and finding yourself. Definitely a must read for any student before entering junior high. "
  • Jane James
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I remember reading this in middle school and I thought I'd check it out again. It's a classic coming-of-age story about a boy and his dogs that would be great for any young adult to read. It's so emotional and the artistic descriptions are so vivid, it really transports you to a different time and place."
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  • Margarita Carrasco
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I wanted to make a color themed basked for my friend's going away party and red is her favorite color. While the book itself, Where the Red Fern Grows, isn't red, it had the color in the title. I also knew that this is one of her favorite books, so it was really a double win."
  • Lauren Murray
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I first red "Where the Red Fern Grows" when I was in elementary school. I remember it vividly because I could not have a dog where we lived at the time and it made me want a dog more than anything. Old Dan and Little Ann were the most loyal companions to little Billy, and I knew if I had a dog it would be just as loyal. I am now reading this book to my son. The morals and wholesome nature give us a lot to talk about and it makes for a great bedtime read!"
  • Paul Stevens
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "this would be perfect for ten year old boys"
  • Jack Watkins
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I love books that are tear jerkers. I especially love books that include dogs as main characters. Here you get the best of both of those worlds. Wilson Rawls and his adventures with his dogs will have you sobbing by the final page."
  • Kathy Kelly
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a timeless and classic story for middle schoolers. When I read this book as a child, it was the first time I ever cried while reading a book. The story truly draws you in and is an excellent read!"
  • Jessica Hayes
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is a touchy subject for children I think when it comes the loss of a loved one but I love that it's about the dogs. I think this gives children a different perspective of losing someone."
  • Hannah Fisher
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Where the Red Fern Grows is the best novel I have ever read. When I was in high school, we had to read it and do a report on how it deals with friendship. I thought it was thought provoking since it was a human and his animal companions."
  • Kathleen Murphy
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This book has been a classic since it came out. Not only is it a great story for middle school kids but anyone else who wants to read a moving story about dogs. "
  • Donald Delgado
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book definitely tugged at my heartstrings throughout. It's a bit choppy in the middle parts and has a couple of plots that go nowhere, but has a very definable third act that turns on the waterworks to a degree. I've always thought about it as the original Marley and Me!"
  • Joseph Austin
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I and my pet dog love to see this. It's good to check out. "
  • Ridhi Sen
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This affordable book is a great story about friendships and loyalty. You get to enjoy the love between human and animal while reading this book."
  • Roger Ellis
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "My daughters and I were talking about dogs and this book sprang to mind. I remember reading it in 6th or 7th grade and the impact it made on me. I read this to them even though they are capable of reading it on their own. I just wanted to experience it through theirs eyes with them. I cannot recommend this one enough."
  • Justin Pena
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Where the Red Fern Grows is an all-time classic book. It remains popular even to this day. I don't know how much I'd regard it as a Christian-specific book, but it is perfect for fourth graders. I remember reading this book as a child and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great book for children."
  • Emily Gutierrez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Where the Red Fern Grows is one of the saddest books about dogs I have ever read. I cry every time I read it. It is a fantastic book though, so I keep going back to torture myself again and again."
  • Angel Sengupta
    Written on April 26, 2018
    " Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks. Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past."
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