Review: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


For fans of Old Yeller and Shiloh, Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend.

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.

This was one of my favorites when I was a kid. It always made me cry at the end, but I never got tired of reading it. Great book… every kid should read this one at least once.

Author: Wilson Rawls

Title: Where the Red Fern Grows

Published: 1961

Rating: ★★★★★


This (brief) review was originally published on Goodreads on May 5, 2010.