Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson RawlsWhere The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Where The Red Fern Grows

byWilson Rawls

Paperback | September 1, 1996

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Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend. This edition also includes a special note to readers from Newbery Medal winner and Printz Honor winner Clare Vanderpool.
 
   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.
 
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
A Great American Read's Selection (PBS)
Winner of Multiple State Awards

Over 14 million copies in print!

“A rewarding book . . . [with] careful, precise observation, all of it rightly phrased....Very touching.” —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
 
“We tear up just thinking about it.” —Time on the film adaptation

Wilson Rawls is the author of the timeless classic Where the Red Fern Grows and the acclaimed novel Summer of the Monkeys. He was born on a small farm in the Ozark Mountains and spent much of his boyhood roaming northeastern Oklahoma with his only companion, an old bluetick hound.   Since its publication more than fifty years ago, Wher...
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Title:Where The Red Fern GrowsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.69 × 5.25 × 0.71 inPublished:September 1, 1996Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0440412676

ISBN - 13:9780440412670

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A childhood classic. I read this one as a kid in elementary school and it really stuck with me. A great read, and one evokes some interesting feelings, it should be on everyone's bookshelf.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A childhood favourite that sticks with yout This book is one I always think about when I think about my childhood. It is haunting and beautiful, and always makes me want to hug my puppy. I would for sure recommend it and often do.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! A book that sticks with you forever. Great book to read to kids or read as an adult.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books growing up I loved this book. It is so sweet - one of those books that you can re-read over and over.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time Favorite! I loved this book so much as a kid. I must have read it a dozen times. Such a heartwarming story and one I look forward to sharing with my own son.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartwarming This book is beautiful, it made me cry the first time I read it. It is a lovely story about the bond between a child and the dogs he cares for.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Classic You Can Come Home To I have an old, beat up copy that my mother passed down to me to read when I was maybe 10. Since then, I've returned to this book time and time again. It always moves me.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent novel for children. Themes of hardwork, dedication, loss and joy I don't want to assign too much weight to a kid's novel, but in retrospect it isn't just a well-crafted story, it has themes that are both profound and relatable to the average 10 year old. Without giving too much away, the story deals with concepts like working hard to achieve a dream, the value of dedication and hard work, committing to responsibilities, as well as grief and loss. I was around 10 when it was read to me in school, and even as someone who has a strong dislike for dogs, it was touching and the scenes of hunting in the rugged Ozark mountains were vivid even to me in the suburbs.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for Young Readers I was introduced to this book in Grade 5 when my teacher read it aloud to the class. This is one of the books that has suck with me since. Heartfelt and perfect for children this age. It also has a movie which can be watched following the book.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where the red fern grows I loved this book - and I am not much of a dog person. I thought it was a sweet, sentimental story that sticks with you.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright I had to read this in grade 8 and I didn't enjoy it as much as the dog owners in my class. I found it a bit repetitive at times.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tissues needed I had never heard of this story until one day at work I had to read it aloud to a group of grade 6 boys. What a journey we shared together! Myself, and one student being super sensitive, heart on our sleeves kind of people, and one student with zero emotion. I was grateful someone told me how "tough" the ending could be. I finished it at home before our read aloud in class ended so I could publicly handle the emotion without falling apart in front of them. What an incredible story for young boys (and girls) to read. Billy as a young boy is timeless. The diversity in the students who I did the novel study with could both relate to various parts of Billy's character and there were a lot of "a-ha" moments for all of us!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I bought this book for my son. He said that this was one of the best books he has read.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I read this book in school, and I loved the relationships with Billy and his pups. The only thing is that it moved to slow for my liking. Good read for doglovers.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for YA! Read this when I was a kid and loved it; still amazing even when I read this as an adult. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Determined young boy ! It's a story of determination, courage and love which runs around a boy and his 2 hunting dogs. Such a nice book. But sometimes I was worried will it be good for a young boy of this era to see so much about coon killings. But sill a very heart touching story. Old Dan and Little Ann I love you too.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite childhood story This book was basically my life when I was younger. And it's still a great one to go back and reread.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful,heart warming,and uplifting This is a wonderful book. I believe that some people who have a loss in there family weather it be a pet or a family member can relate to this. If you have ever worked so hard for something then lost it after a wile then it is hard. This book can touch lives like that. If this has never happened to you this book will still get you thinking about life. This is a wonderful book I loved it.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Red fern My favorite by far!! I even have a red fern tattooed on my body!! Such a wonderful story of learning and faith. A must read for every dog let and book lover out there...kleenex close though!
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where the red fern grows I got read this book by my favorite teacher, Mr. N. Douville, it's a beautiful yet heartbreaking story. I am only 10 years old but I know that I will never forget this story as long as I live because of all the absolute emotion, love and courage in this book. By the way, M. Douville, if you are reading this, I want to thank you for being the teacher that truly changed my life. ~Sophia
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where the Red Fern Grows Always has been one of my favorites for 40+ years.
Date published: 2013-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where the red fern grows I was first read this book by my grade 6 teacher, and it is still my favorite book about the bonds that form between humans and animals. I am now 41 years old....now that is a true sign of a good book.
Date published: 2013-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous and Editable I absolutely love this heart touching story.....
Date published: 2010-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLY AWSOME In my opinion, I read this book a few years ago and I'm in grade 7 and every time I read this book at a diffrent age my opinion keeps changing. The first time I read this I just thought it was a boring book because it was about dogs dieing at the end. When I read it in grade 7 my emotions started acting at the part where the dogs risk their own life to save Billy the main character. I feel that Billy was strongly deciding that he really wanted these hunting hounds. I can't believe he would actually do all that brutal work just for 2 dogs. I wouldn't do this because I'm more of a stay home guy that doesn't like to suffer a lot, lot, lot to get something. Ithink this book is filled with love and adventure, of a young boy and two small, but courageous puppies. The time I read this book when I was older my eyes got wett. I think this book is partially about Wilson Rawls himself because he lived in Oklahoma Ozarks which is the setting of the book. He spent his time hunting with his blutick hound just like Billy. I would rate this book 10 out of 10 because it brought me into the setting because of the discriptive writing. It makes you feel the emotions that Billy gets in the book. I would reccomend this book to all genders. When I read this book I made a lot of connections.
Date published: 2010-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite young adult book This was my favourite young adult book when I was a child. About a boy growing up in the Ozarks, and wanting nothing more than coon hounds. Finally saving enough money, he purchases two and trains them to be the best in the Ozarks. The book deals with life and death, and is quite sad at the end. It might be tailored more for boys, but as a young girl, I loved this book.
Date published: 2008-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! I remember reading this book a few years ago, and it was amazing. A great story about a boy and his unyielding bond with his dogs. A+++ I would recomend it to everyone who's looking for a good read
Date published: 2006-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, loving book This was one of the best book I have ever read! It's really not about red ferns, but about hunting for coons. This is a amazing story and in the end is something that might make you cry. Read this book because it is incredible!
Date published: 2006-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome book This book is very touching and keeps you on your toes, it is well worth the money. So go out and get your copy today
Date published: 2005-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book ever. This year in school i read a book called Where the Red Fern Grows.I seriously think that this is the best book that i have ever read in my 12 year life. I think that Wilson Rawles really captured the compassion of BIlly and his dogs because he had a hunting hound of his own when he was a child. The of this book is that Wilson Rawles describes everything in great detail. Whether it be the exhilerating feeling of winning a major competition, to the ominous feeling of seeing someone die right before your eyes. If you like emotional books this is a great read. I give it 5 out of 5 for it's ablilty to touch the readers soul
Date published: 2005-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from the truth The truth about the book is the Billy is a Native America who grew up on a Reserve in the Sorthern U.S. The book was written when nobody wanted to be Indian. He did not wear shoe during the summer not because he was poor, because little Aboriginal kids need to walk on Mother Earth with no shoes. He wore moscassins during the winter and he could have wore them in the summer. The mother wanted to send him to school because the Gov't said they needed to go to school. The reader of this book need to not the history of Native America before they call it an America Classic. This book is about a boy and his mother not wanting to be Indian
Date published: 2005-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Hey, this is, and will remain one of my very favorite books. I loved every part of it. There was never a dull moment at all. It had it's happy parts... and it's sad parts... amazing! It will even get your emotions going... (You should check out both the movies too of you like the book... which you will)
Date published: 2003-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where the red fern grows The plot of this book is very good, and always keeps you on the edge of what's happening. This book is about a young boy who wants two bloodhound dogs. But of course around the time that this book was written in not many people had much money for food let alone two dogs. Still the boy doesn't give up. He finds an ad from an old fishers site for bloodhound dogs. When he finds this he is over come with joy. He works extremilly hard for two years, until finally after selling worms, and doing variouse little jobs he has the money. He falls in love with these two dogs and goes everywhere with them. Though this sounds like it has a happy ending it has anything but. Though you'll have to read it yourself to find out what happens. This was an excellent book, and definetly recommend for anyone of any age to read it.
Date published: 2002-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ~amazing~ I first read this book way back in grade school. I fell in love with it then and still love it every time I read it. It is truly and amazing novel that all ages can enjoy. It warms the heart and the soul.
Date published: 2002-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest book of all time I first picked up this book back in grade 5, and 9 years later, I still can't put it down. I've probably read the book atleast 20 times and my eye's still water everytime. A true classic with a few life lessons, this book can touch the heart of anyone in the world. An amazing book, everyone should have the opportunity read it atleast once in their life.
Date published: 2001-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for young and old!! I rember reading this wonderfull book so many years ago.I told a couple of my friends to read it because it teaches you that no matter what you put your mind to...you can go where ever and do anything
Date published: 2001-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exciting Adventure..... The first time I read it I said it is probably going to be boring and have no meaning. I was totally wrong. This book is about a boy named Billy who wants two hound pups but can't afford them so he works for two years so he can. He finally gets the money and then he sneaks out at night to go pik the dogs up. They go through many hunting adventures together and enjoy many trips. Read it to find out what happens at the end.
Date published: 2001-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An extrodinary, exellent, and superb book. I am twelve years old. I love Where the Red Fern Grows. It is the best book I have ever read. My parents agree. It is realistic and it teaches you things don't always turn out the way you want them too, but you have to move on. This is a well written book by a great author. I would recommend it to anyone. I can relate to this book. I know what the boy was going through in the book. That when you least expect it, the worst will come. It broke my heart my own experience, and the book. I cried my eyes out while reading this. It is so sad because he loved Old Dan and Little Ann so much. I like the way Wilson Rawls words his books. It is a wonderful novel. The best I've ever read. It is a tear jerker. It touched my heart.
Date published: 2001-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Just for Kids! I read this book for the first time twenty years ago; it still makes my nose runny when I read it. It is about real life, real character, real accomplishment, and very real pain. Anyone who has ever made a dream come true through perseverance, anyone who has suffered loss, will be touched by this book. Trust me, it doesn't matter if the idea of "coon hunting" turns you off, this book is truly beautiful and if you haven't read it, you are denying yourself a great treasure.
Date published: 2000-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Where the Red Fern Grows - excellent! This book was written mostly to be read by children. However, I have read it every few years as I grew up and it has always had a very powerful effect on me. The emmotions the boy feels are very real and true. I have loved this book since the first time I read it when I was 10.
Date published: 2000-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I have ever read An excellent book about a boy who lives in the Ozarks with a poor education who works hard to get his two Dogs. A truly magnificant book that is very touching. I think anybody who reads this book will feel the same way I do about it.This is by far the best book I have ever read. I recommend this book to anybody. I was in grade 4 when I read it. My teacher recommended it to me , I am so very thankful that she gave me this book to read, and 4 years later I still remember enjoying every minute I read it.
Date published: 2000-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless This has to be one of my favourite childhood books... I still take it off the shelf now and then for a great read. I justlent it to a 13 year old boy whom I hope loves it as much as I did. A heartwarming story, one for all ages.
Date published: 2000-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!!!! A very good book. I highly recomend it to anyone and everyone!!!!!!!
Date published: 2000-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book is amazing I really loved this book, it was wonderfully written, and i never grow tired of it. I recommend this to everybody; it truly is great.
Date published: 1999-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where the Red Fern Grows I read this book to some of my children and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. It is nice to be exposed to classic tales like this one. It brings forth lots of different emotions, like sadness, excitement and joy. Rawls is a great descriptive writer and this helps children in school to improve their own writing skills. Everyone loves a story of children and animals and this one would top my recommendation list.
Date published: 1998-10-26

Read from the Book

When I left my office that beautiful spring day, I had no idea what was in store for me. To begin with, everything was too perfect for anything unusual to happen. It was one of those days when a man feels good, feels like speaking to his neighbor, is glad to live in a country like ours, and proud of his government. You know what I mean, one of those rare days when everything is right and nothing is wrong.   I was walking along whistling when I heard the dogfight. At first I paid no attention to it. After all it wasn’t anything to get excited about, just another dogfight in a residential section.   As the sound of the fight grew nearer, I could tell there were quite a few dogs mixed up in it. They boiled out of an alley, turned, and headed straight toward me. Not wanting to get bitten or run over, I moved over to the edge of the sidewalk.   I could see that all the dogs were fighting one. About twenty-five feet from me they caught him and down he went. I felt sorry for the unfortunate one. I knew if something wasn’t done quickly the sanitation department would have to pick up a dead dog.   I was trying to make up my mind to help when I got a surprise. Up out of that snarling, growling, slashing mass reared an old redbone hound. For a second I saw him. I caught my breath. I couldn’t believe what I had seen.   Twisting and slashing, he fought his way through the pack and backed up under the low branches of a hedge. Growling and snarling, they formed a halfmoon circle around him. A big bird dog, bolder than the others, darted in. The hedge shook as he tangled with the hound. He came out so fast he fell over backwards. I saw that his right ear was split wide open. It was too much for him and he took off down the street, squalling like a scalded cat.   A big ugly cur tried his luck. He didn’t get off so easy. He came out with his left shoulder laid open to the bone. He sat down on his rear and let the world know that he had been hurt.   By this time, my fighting blood was boiling. It’s hard for a man to stand and watch an old hound fight against such odds, especially if that man has memories in his heart like I had in mine. I had seen the time when an old hound like that had given his life so that I might live.   Taking off my coat, I waded in. My yelling and scolding didn’t have much effect, but the swinging coat did. The dogs scattered and left.   Down on my knees, I peered back under the hedge. The hound was still mad. He growled at me and showed his teeth. I knew it wasn’t his nature to fight a man.   In a soft voice, I started talking to him. “Come on, boy,” I said. “It’s all right. I’m your friend. Come on now.”   The fighting fire slowly left his eyes. He bowed his head and his long, red tail started thumping the ground. I kept coaxing. On his stomach, an inch at a time, he came to me and laid his head in my hand.   I almost cried at what I saw. His coat was dirty and mud-caked. His skin was stretched drum-tight over his bony frame. The knotty joints of his hips and shoulders stood out a good three inches from his body. I could tell he was starved.   I couldn’t figure it out. He didn’t belong in town. He was far out of place with the boxers, poodles, bird dogs, and other breeds of town dogs. He belonged in the country. He was a hunting hound.   I raised one of his paws. There I read the story. The pads were worn down slick as the rind on an apple. I knew he had come a long way, and no doubt had a long way to go. Around his neck was a crude collar. On closer inspection, I saw it had been made from a piece of check-line leather. Two holes had been punched in each end and the ends were laced together with bailing wire.   As I turned the collar with my finger, I saw something else. There, scratched deep in the tough leather, was the name “Buddie.” I guessed that the crude, scribbly letters had probably been written by a little boy.   It’s strange indeed how memories can lie dormant in a man’s mind for so many years. Yet those memories can be awakened and brought forth fresh and new, just by something you’ve seen, or something you’ve heard, or the sight of an old familiar face.   What I saw in the warm gray eyes of the friendly old hound brought back wonderful memories. To show my gratitude, I took hold of his collar and said, “Come on, boy, let’s go home and get something to eat.”   He seemed to understand that he had found a friend. He came willingly.   I gave him a bath and rubbed all the soreness from his muscles. He drank quarts of warm milk and ate all the meat I had in the house. I hurried down to the store and bought more. He ate until he was satisfied.   He slept all that night and most of the next day. Late in the afternoon he grew restless. I told him I understood, and as soon as it was dark, he could be on his way. I figured he had a much better chance if he left town at night.   That evening, a little after sundown, I opened the back gate. He walked out, stopped, turned around, and looked at me. He thanked me by wagging his tail.   With tears in my eyes, I said, “You’re more than welcome, old fellow. In fact, you could’ve stayed here as long as you wanted to.”   He whined and licked my hand.    

From Our Editors

It's one of the most beloved and classic children's stories of all time. Wilson Rawls' Where the Red Fern Grows tells the delightful tale of the friendship between a boy and his two dogs. Made into a popular movie, this edition of the timeless American story features a beautiful new cover art.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Where the Red Fern GrowsA Top 100 Children’s Novel, School Library Journal A Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14, NPR A Great American Read's Selection (PBS) Winner of Multiple State Awards Over 14 million copies in print!   “A rewarding book . . . [with] careful, precise observation, all of it rightly phrased....Very touching.” —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   “We tear up just thinking about it.” —Time on the film adaptation