Where the Red Fern Grows

By Rawls, Wilson

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Read the beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and dog. This edition also includes a special note to readers from Newberyite Medal winner and Printz Honor winner Clare Vanderpool.
Billy had long dreamed of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his lowdown Dan and Little Anne's ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.

Soon Billy and his hounds became 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 thundershower friendship 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 book appeared on Mrs. Laura Bush's Family Favorites list, for books to be read aloud as a family or by independent readers.