A teen review of Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.
“Although the old hound had no way of knowing it, he had stirred memories, and what priceless treasures they were. Memories of my boyhood days, an old K.C. Baking Powder can, and two little red hounds. Memories of a wonderful love, unselfish devotion, and death in its saddest form.”
Where The Red Fern Grows is a story told in first person, about a young boy named Billy that saves up his money for a year to buy two red hound puppys. Billy lives in the forests of the Ozarks, where hunting raccoons is a very popular thing to do- even for kids Billy’s age. Billy decides he needs some hunting dogs. It takes him some time to come up with the money, but he finally gets his pups, Old Dan and Little Ann, and they go on many adventures out in the Ozark Mountains. They face many dangerous challenges, fight against the odds, and form a friendship that would last a lifetime.
Where The Red Fern Grows is an amazing book, definitely a tear-jerker. It always kept me on the edge of my seat, anxious to see what would happen next, and each unexpected turn of events was as good as the last. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good read.
~Saramiah, 7th grade
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