Where the Red Fern Grows

Dallas’ Pick: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

I went on a classic novel binge and decided to read some of the older books that I never got read growing up. I have always heard such great praises for this book and since it was about puppy’s I decided to give it a try. That was a terrible idea! Let me recap, I loved the book I was so wrapped up in the story that I never wanted to put it down. I am pretty sure I read it in about two days. That being said, I absolutely love animals and I have had dogs my entire life. This book played my emotions. I will not spoil the ending although some of you may already know. You grow so attached to Ole’ Dan and Lil’ Ann that it is almost as if you have raised these hunting dogs from pups. The story follows a young 12 year old boy through his years attempting to save up money for hunting dogs. He finally does save up the money to buy ole’ Dan and Lil’ Ann and teaches them to hunt. He tells all about the life he has made with these two and how great of hunting dogs they are. He even teaches you what it means when you see the red fern growing. After reading this book I can finally understand why the schools make kids read it for a project.