Where The Red Fern Grows Written By: Wilson rawls


The novel starts off with the future Billy narrating. He lives with his dad, his mom and his three sisters, on a farm in the Ozark Mountains in O klahoma. Billy wants two coonhounds. His family cannot afford to buy the hounds. He earns enough money after two years to buy the dogs. Billy takes the two dogs out coon hunting and runs into a mountain lion, which the two dogs, Little Ann and Old Dan end up scaring off. One day, Billy runs into the Prichard boys. The boys make a bet with Billy. The older brother of the two Prichard boys falls on Billys axe, when trying to kill Billys dogs who are fighting the Prichards dog.After the incident Billy's grandpa enters Billy, Old Dan, and Little Ann into a championship coon hunt. Billy's dad, grandpa and himself go to the contest. After a couple rounds they qualify for the championship round. A blizzard starts as the treed the fourth coon to win. The men find the almost frozen dogs circling the treed coon. They kill the last coon, winning $300. Weeks after, Billy and the dogs run into a mountain lion while hunting. The mountain lion tries to kill Billy, but the dogs save him. Old Dan was torn up from the incident. Old Dan dies because of this and Little Ann dies a few days after because of depression. Bill buries them next to each other on his farm. The money he won from the championship his family was able to move into the city. Before they left their farm, Billy went to the dog's grave and noticed that there was a red from growing over the graves. This relates to a legend, that states, only an angel can plant the seeds of a red fern.


Fiction-the class of literature comprising works of imaginative narration, especially in prose form. works of this class, as novels or short stories

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I would recommend this book to anyone who loves books with action scenes. I say this because in the book there are tons of scenes with hunting, fights, and scary events. I would also recommend this book to someone who likes dogs. I say this because if you are a dog lover usually when you see a dog hurt or in pain it touches you emotionally. Also I would recommend this book to anyone who needs some inspiration because in the beginning of the book Billy works hard to earn enough money to buy the dogs. This story has a legend behind it that Billy believes in. If you like legends you would enjoy this book. Overall, anyone could enjoy the book.

No Author Website:

Since this book was published in 1961 and Wilson only lived to 1984, there was not advanced technology needed to create an author website.

Literary Praises:

“We tear up just thinking about it.” —Time on the film adaptation

“Written with so much feeling and sentiment that adults as well as children are drawn [in] with a passion.” —Arizona Daily Star

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