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Title:
Where the red fern grows : the story of two dogs and a boy
Author:
Rawls, Wilson.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, 1996.

©1961
Physical Description:
212 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 11.0 95.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.4 18 Quiz: 12514 Guided reading level: X.
ISBN:
9780385323307
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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.
 
Praise for Where the Red Fern Grows
 
A Top 100 Children's Novel, School Library Journal ' s  A Fuse #8 Production
A Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14, NPR
Winner of Multiple State Awards
Over 7 million copies in print!
 
"A rewarding book . . . [with] careful, precise observation, all of it rightly phrased." -- 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
 
"A brilliant literary work." --TeenInk.com
 
"We tear up just thinking about it." -- Time on the film adaptation


Author Notes

Wilson Rawls grew up on a small farm in the Ozark Mountains of Oklahoma. There were no schools where he lived so his mother taught Rawls and his sisters how to read and write. He says that reading the book The Call of the Wild changed his life and gave him the notion that he would like to grow up to write a book like it. He shared his dream with his father, and his father gave him the encouraging advice, "Son, a man can do anything he sets out to do, if he doesn't give up." Rawls never forgot his father's words, and went on to create two novels about his boyhood that have become modern classics.


From the Trade Paperback edition.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Since its publication over forty years ago, this heartwarming tale of a boy andhis dogs has touched millions. A tale of adventure, special friendship, andcoming-of-age, Where the Red Fern Grows makes for delightful listening. Thisunabridged production, featuring a moving performance by Anthony Heald, bringsthis enduring classic to life--and makes a powerful story even more unforgettable.A loving threesome, Billy and his two dogs range the dark hills and river bottoms ofCherokee country. Old Dan has the brawn, Little Ann has the brains--and Billy has thewill to train them to be the finest hunting team in the valley. Soon their skills will be putto the test as they brave the dangers of the wilds for the ultimate glory.Wilson Rawls was born in Oklahoma in 1913. Rawls' wife Sophieconvinced him to re-write Where the Red Fern Grows after he destroyedhis original copy. He went on to write one other book for young readers,The Summer of the Monkeys, before he died, in 1984.Anthony Heald's film work includes The Client, The Pelican Brief,Searching for Bobby Fisher, Silence of the Lambs, and Postcards fromthe Edge. He has starred on Broadway in Anything Goes andLove! Valour! Compassion! Excerpted from Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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