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Where the Red Fern Grows

by Wilson Rawls

'Where the Red Fern Grows' is about a boy who lives in the
Ozark mountains. He saves up his money to buy two
hunting dogs and then trains them for the big contest.

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Updated 5/21/09

booknew Anonymous, age 13, Ohio USA

I read this book for school and at first I thought it was really boring and when we had to read it for homework, I sometimes didn't like it. But when it got good, I loved it. I just finished reading it and I could not stop crying when Billy was talking about ... (oops, you'll have to read the ending yourself!) his two dogs Old Dan and Little Anne. It's such a good, but sad book to read and I would recommend it for you to read. I really want to see the movie too! I loved this book so much that I really can't describe it in words.....It`s not possible

Starbooknew Savannah, age 13

Where The Red Fern Grows is a wonderful story. This is a tale about Billy, Old Dan, and Little Ann. It's heartwarming adventure full of friendship, love, and sadness and things that nobody ever expected to happen. Where The Red Fern Grows starts out in the hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country during the Great Depression. With the help of his grandpa and some old coon traps, Billy raises money to order two coonhound pups, but there is just one problem - the mail buggy only comes as far as the town of Tahlequah so Billy sets off one night to get his pups.

After weeks of training, they become the best team around and are entered in a coon hunting championship. Billy and his dogs take first place. Then one horrible night Old Dan and Little Ann risk their lives to save Billy. Old Dan whose injuries are too much ... (oops, you'll have to read the ending yourself!).

Then one day Billy and his family have have to move to town so Billy goes to say goodbye to his dogs for the last time. When he gets ... (oops, you'll have to read the ending yourself!) Billy finds something unimaginable - something that can only be found Where The Red Fern Grows.


bookRachel, age 12, Pennsylvania

This is probably the best book I ever read in my life. "Where the Red Fern Grows" is a really sad, but touching book. I LOVED this book because I really love dogs and this book teaches you to never give up on what you want and to try your hardest even when things get tough.

I started reading this book for a school assignment and well, I didn't want to stop. When I finished this book, I couldn't help but cry. It was so sad. I don't recommend this book for people who don't like sad or gory stories, but if you love dogs like I do you will feel the same way I did when I read this book! My favorite part of the book was when Billy got his two redbone coonhounds. I can't even imagine what it would be like.

book Taylor, age 11, Alabama, USA

This book rocked. I loved it. It was happy, exiting, sad, and a CAN'T PUT IT DOWN BOOK. I loved when Billy won the hunter championship finals against the blue ticks. I would love to own a redbone coon hound. It was sad when Little Ann and Old Dan were attacked by the devil cat. It was awesome to find out why Wilson Rawls named it Where the Red Fern Grows.

bookAshley, age 11, Arizona USA

This book is one of the saddest and the best. I most definitely didn't like the part where the dogs... (oops, you'll have to read the ending yourself!). I just completely started to cry, but my favorite part is when Billy wins the hunting competition. I actually have two hound dogs. One's a bloodhound and the other one is a blue tick, just like the one in the book (Old Blue). The main idea of this story is to never give up what you want and you dream of.

StarbookRachel, age 12, Pennsylvania USA

This is probably the best book I ever read in my life. "Where the Red Fern Grows" is a really sad, but touching book. I LOVED this book because I really love dogs and this book teaches you to never give up on what you want and to try your hardest even when things get tough. I started reading this book for a school assignment and well, I didn't want to stop. When I finished this book I couldn't help but cry. It was so sad.

I don't recommend this book for people who don't like sad or gory stories, but if you love dogs like I do you will feel the same way I did when I read this book! My favorite part of the book was when Billy got his two redbone coon hounds. I can't even imagine what it would be like if I were Billy! So the last thing I have to say is "Where the Red Fern Grows" is the best book in the world. So if your a dog lover. read this AWESOME book!

StarbookAshley, age 13, Alberta, Canada

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is so touching, and sad. It really sends out a message, to work for what you want. And, if you rely on other people to do the work for you, you really don't feel as proud. This book is definitely a tearjerker. So I don't recommend this book to people who DON'T like really sad books.

I was reading it in class for a school assignment, and I really didn't want to cry in front of everybody, but I couldn't help it. It was so sad and moving. It's about a boy named Billy, who is rather poor and has no education. And he really wants a dog, so he saves up. He does get his dogs, and they are fabulous hunting dogs, but a dark cloud awaited Billy and his dogs.

I recommend it to people who like sad stories, don't mind gore, and don't mind reading longer books. (There has been longer, but it is still rather long.) For a rating, I rate it: 10/10

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StarbookBrooke, age 15, Tennessee USA

I LOVED this book. I loved this book because it is about a boy that never gives up when he wants two redbone coonhounds.That sounds kinda like me. I keep asking my parents for at least one redbone coonhound puppy. My mom is terrified of 'coons' so it would be good to have one.

I really liked it when Billy kept saving his money for his dogs. I almost cried when...(Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!).Then I almost cried again when Little Ann decided that she couldn't live without Old Dan and...(Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!). My teacher and some of my friends cried, though. This was a sad and happy book. For all those people who haven't read this book, you don't know what you have missed out on. Just watch out for the end.

book Xiang, age 15, Budapest/Hungary

As I can tell all of you that, I hate reading. But this book was awesome. A lot of people say at the end you are going to cry, but I don't know why, I didn't. Even if I didn't cry at the end, it still was a sad story. But it amazed me how the author writes. I had to read this book as a school assignment. When we were in the library. one of my classmates just told a little bit about this book, and she just kept on saying that how good was it.

But English is my third language, and also I just started this year in International school. I thought the book might be a little bit of hard for me, and also it's not a short story. When I started reading it, it made me feel like I was Billy. Even if this book is too hard for some people, they still should read it, because this book seems easier then you thought before. And if your mind is in this book, you just can't stop reading it.

book A.Person, age 9, USA

I like Where the Red Fern Grows. It was very sad and made me cry when Old Dan...(Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!). But I admire the way Billy is so determined to get his dogs. I do not recommend this book to someone who cries easily and is grossed out easily. But I do recommend this book to someone who loves to read, no matter what it says in the book.

book Moe, age 13, Connecticut USA

I loved this book. I had to read it as a school assignment, but I didn't want to because my mom said that it was really sad. At first I was reluctant to read it, but by the second chapter I was sucked into it. I liked it because it shows how the relationship between a boy and his dogs could grow a lot and how a person, girl or boy, can get along with their pets. I did not like what happened to Rubin Pritchard and I did not like what happened at the end of the book but overall, it was the best book I have read in a long time and I love to read!

book Darneshia, age 11, Illinois USA

I think this book was very sad at the end because Little Ann and Old Dan (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!). And it was happy when they started to catch all the coon, then they became the best coon hunting dogs ever.


book Aisha, age 13, Minnesota USA

I loved this book. I had to read it as a school assignment, but I didn't want to because my mom said that it was really sad. At first I was reluctant to read it, but by the second chapter I was sucked into it. I liked it because it shows how the relationship between a boy and his dogs could grow a lot and how a person, girl or boy, can get along with their pets. I did not like what happened to Rubin Pritchard and I did not like what happened at the end of the book but overall, it was the best book I have read in a long time and I love to read!

bookAndrew, age 13, California USA

I really enjoyed this novel. Best book I have ever read. The reason I like it is because throughout the story you really get to know Billy and his dogs. They are heartbroken at the end after the (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!). Also, as I was reading the story it was so good it felt like I was with Billy on every hunt and I felt the pain when they (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!).

Madelyn, age 10, Washington USA

I LOVE this book! I loved the part where the boy just got his puppies and he's in the cave and Old Dan is growling and barking at the bobcat thinking he's so tough :) I also loved the part where the red fern was planted on the grave. It was so sad (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!)

Rebecca, age 15, California USA

I really liked this book actually its my favorite book.This book is very important because it encourages you to be very loving to your pets. I liked when he won the competition and I hope you read this book.

Adrianna, Age 15, Texas USA

I absolutely fell in love with the book. It is now my #1 on my favorite book list. Sure it was long but it totally kept me interested in finding out what would happen next! I liked it because usually when I read books, if they're not interesting I lose interest right away. This book however kept me inside it. I was really dedicated to it and couldn't put it down. I saw the movie too but it wasn't quite as detailed but both of them were really sad. I loved the way the title connected with the ending and it was just totally amazing!

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Anonymous, age 13, Ca USA

I liked this book because I admire Billy's strength, being persistent, and determination to get his goal in getting two redbone hound dogs. This book is important because Billy worked hard to earn 50 bucks since he was poor. This shows us that if you love something so much, you still work hard to earn it.

I didn't like when the dogs (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!) because they are very important to Billy. He wanted these dogs more than anything. They were champions. I loved it when Billy got a trophy because of all the hard work his dogs did. This book is just fascinating. Everyone should read this book. You can learn a lesson by this book. Read this book if you are 10 years or older or less.

Andrea, age 15, Germany, Stuttagrt

I absolutely LOVED this book. It is such a heartwarming tale about loyalty, friendship, will trust, sadness, and understanding. This book has lots of detail!! "Right-on Wilson Rawls!!!" I loved it all from beginning to end, even though some parts scare me and make me cry. I understand why that happened to the dogs, I just wish it didn't. It made me cry so much that couldn't read the words because I couldn't see.

I love the books and the movie. I have a beagle and she reminds me of Little Ann (besides the fact that my beagle is super stupid and little Ann is super smart) and each time I see her playing, I think of Little Ann Playing with Old Dan. I give this book a rating of 110%!!! Keep up the fantastic books, authors!

RocQuele, age 13, Kansas

I really love this book. It has a lot of detail most books don't have and I also love animals. This book has a tang to it, though I must say I really didn't like it when the dogs (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!), but I did like all the effort that Billy put into getting his dogs. His book is a good life's lesson just cause something passes away doesn't mean it's gone. I recommend this book to everyone!!!!!

Nikki, age 13

I loved the book! It's the best book in the whole universe (that's a fact)! I think this book is important because it brings strong emotion to you when you read it. My favorite part of the book is when Billy says, "Good-bye Old Dan and Little Ann, I'll never forget you"! I will never forget that line.

Laken, age 13, Canada

I loved the book Where the Red Fern Grows. I liked it because Wilson Rawls used extremely good detail and he made the story come to life. The part I didn't like was when Old Dan and Little Ann (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!). But my LEAST favourite part in the whole movie was when Rubin Pritchard (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!). It made me break into tears. In the book it said he was dirty and mean and cruel, but I fell MADLY IN LOVE! Rubin, he is so sweet and other than that Where the Red Fern Grows is an amazing book for all ages. :)


Zsa Zsa, Age 13, Illinois USA

I really like the book, Where the Red Fern Grows because it sends out a message that, 'it is good to work for what you want and don't depend on people to do everything for you.' Also because I like dogs and I like how he cared for his dogs and kept his promises towards Little Ann and Old Dan.
It is important because it shows that you can keep your promises toward your dog even though they are dogs, even though they don't understand what you say.
I did not the part when he
(...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!) because I felt bad because he lost something important to him.

Travis, age 13, Nebraska USA

I loved this book. Just the ending was a little much. I loved this book because it tells a story, but not just any story, a story of love. i loved the part when he got the dogs. I hated the part where they (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!). I agree with Sarah that it's happy and sad throughout.

Alexa, age 13, North Carolina USA

Where the Red Fern Grows is a very moving book. I had heard about it so many times, and I finally got a start when our teacher assigned us the book. Me and my friend, Cassidy, were the first to finish it in class, and even though she told me she didn't cry in the end, I was uncontrollably sobbing in the end, at home. I practically used up the tissue box!

I thought this book deserves a lot more credit than it's got, and I loved it because it I simply felt the deep love between Billy and his dogs, but mostly, I was very touched by the love between Old Dan and Little Ann. In the end, they showed the deepest love for each other, yet it was sad.

I recommend this book, but I heed caution to younger readers, for there are some violent scenes, including the graphic details of a boy accidentally falling on an ax, and dying, and the word "entrails" and "dragged out of stomach" in the same sentence. But mostly, this is a great book.

Sarah, age 14, Kuwait

I liked this book at the beginning, but the part that I didn't like is at the end. I think it was the best book I have ever read! It had some funny parts and it had sad parts. I think Billy really wanted those dogs, so he saved his money for them. That is really sweet, I think. I recommend this to people, adult or child.

Niki, age 12, California USA

I LOOOOOOVED THIS BOOK!!!! It's so exciting. I loved reading about how he earns money to get his coon hounds and then when he got them, I just got so happy.You will totally feel like you're in the book. I HATED when the (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!), but even then I couldn't put down the book (I was crying so hard :( . Even with a sort of sad ending it's the best book you'll ever read!!! If you haven't seen the movie then you have to see it - it's almost as good as the book!!! If you haven't read this book you HAVE to read it!!!!

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Kelsey, age 14. Wisconsin USA

This book was awesome. We read in my 8th grade class and was great. There's one part that had a little too much detail, so I almost felt sick to my stomach, but other than that it was awesome. The ending, oh my, the ending, it made me cry. I had like 8-10 tears rolling down my face. It reminded me of my hound dog,. Well I got to go, and for you who hasn't read the book yet, you don't know what your missing. This is an AWSOME book!

Samantha, age 15, Florida USA

Yes, I love this book. If you read it once, you will read it again and again. It's very good, but just to tell you what happens at the end is shocking. From the time you read the book till the time you close the book, it's like you made a bond with the two dogs and Billy.

To me this book is important because it shows a hard-working kid trying to get his two dog that he's been wanting all his life. It teaches kids to work hard to get what you want. The parts that I liked are when Little Ann had fallen into the icy river and Billy risked his life to save her. Wilson Rawls, the author of this book, is so talented he took 26 letters and transformed them in to a beautiful heart- warming book.

Brandon, age 10, British Columbia,Canada

l like the story, because it teaches us to have kindness to our pets. l think this is important because l have two dogs. The best part of the story to me was when the box was opened and out came two little puppies. l also like the part when Little Ann and Old Dan went on a coon hunt. l also like the part where Little Ann and Old Dan save Billy's Grandpa. l did not like the ending. l would recommend the book or movie to everyone at all ages.

Rida, age 13, North Carolina USA

This book is awesome. The theme is that throughout their adventures, we see how love, and not mere loyalty, enables the team to survive and succeed. I loved the book. It's important because it teaches a strong lesson. I liked the part when Billy's little sister got the trophy from Billy.

Sabrina, age 13, Michigan USA

Our class had to pick between reading Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls or The Giver. Me and my good friend picked Where The Red Fern Grows, because she had once read it. She had advised me that is was a good book, so I decided to try it. Not liking it at first, I almost didn't read it. But I continued and read the whole thing. It was rather good! About a boy and his dogs, I adore dogs so I now adore this story. Billy, the boy, gets his two dogs and goes on adventures with them hunting coons. I enjoyed almost the whole story, except when someone or something dies. Which makes me rather sad. :( I hope you read this book! :D

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Sara, age 13, Texas USA

In my opinion this was the greatest book I have read in all of my life considering I really enjoy. I like this book so much because of the strong love between Billy and his dogs. It is truly the deepest love a man can find. My favorite part of the whole book is too hard to pick, I think all of it was really phenomenal. I love the way Wilson Rawls described his feelings in the book. IT IS REALLY WORTH READING!

Kyle, age 11, Nova Scotia, Canada

I highly recommend this book because it is full, and I mean full of action. I also like where the story takes place - on a farm. I also really like the subject - coon hunting. My father sometimes takes me hunting at my grandpa's place (we live in the city), but he would never take me coon hunting - he loves them too much. The only part I did not like is the part where Rubin falls on the ax and the red bubble rises to his mouth. My rating: five stars!!

Ricardo, age 13, C.N.M.I (Saipan)

My opinion would be no exact written to others as they explained it, but I have a reason for this book. The book inspired me a lot and I am just not saying this cause I want to say it am saying it through heart along with the others who felt it.

The book doesn't feel very important to me - its more like a gift from above, it taught me a lesson how the outside of our world is familiar to our world in the cities. To tell you the truth every written part on the book interested me a lot familiar to all the others who written there's its definitely a nonstop reading.

I won't say I hate or dislike this part but the part when Dan (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!)The story got interesting until it just broke. I never really wanted this to end like it happened. So people!!! Love is a very bad thing to waste, just find it through and when its broken a happy gift will be given and you'll see the meaning of it.

Emily, age 13, California USA

Yes!!! I loved this book! I read it more than five times, and I also have seen the movie of it. The reason as to why I like this book, is because as I read it, it feels like I am there. I feel the tense moments, just as Billy feels in parts of the book. Besides loving the book, I feel that the dogs shouldn't (...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!) But, as you put away the other things, this book was very interesting.

Matt, age 13, Wisconsin USA

I hated the book. It really is dumb. We had to read it for school and it never grabbed my attention. The ending absolutely sucks, too. I wouldn't recommend the book to anyone.Why would anyone want to read such a stupid book. I can't ever imagine who were the people that gave it a Newberry Award. I also didn't like how there was very little action throughout the whole book. The only action was the mountain lion fight and that was still too wordy.

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Alison, age 15, California

I really liked this book especially the second time through. The part where Billy hurts the other boy and where Dan is hurt are the saddest parts. The way it's written is something else I really liked about it especially because it's an easy read, but still a page turner. I also liked the fact that it was very personal and you felt how Billy felt. The author, Wilson Rawls, does great word pictures in your head also. My favorite part is when Little Ann and Old Dan are running around the tree when they have treed the coon at the competition.

Megan, age 13, Kansas USA

This is one of the best books that I have ever read. This books makes me feel good inside. Some parts make me cry because of the way he tells his story. I loved the part were Billy and his dogs go hunting for the first time because he tells you so much about how well the dogs are doing and it gives you a picture that is so clear that it is like you are standing there watching every moment happen right in front of you!

David, age 16, Tennessee USA

I hated the book ! I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. This is important to know because if it isn't good, why read it. Some good parts are present in this book . I hated the way it was worded in many places. Something that is good is that it shows good morals.

Taylor, age 10, Indiana USA

I absolutely loved this book. I loved this book because of the courageous acts to help Billy's well earned dogs. I liked the part when Billy's grandpa taught him how to keep a coon up in a tree.

Chadall, Age 14, Oregon USA

I love this book! It reminds me of my 2 dogs, they stuck together no matter what. My Beagles have had a few "adventures" during their lifetime. They stuck together because I guess they didn't know that two heads are better than one. I love how the title and the end of this book tied together at the end. I would want everybody that hasn't read this book yet, you're missing out on a really awesome book.

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Anonymous, age 13, California USA

I did not like the book, it was good until the end, but the end ruined it. In books, I like a happy ending and I do not like being sad. I liked the hunting parts because it was exciting, but I still did not like the end. I have no dogs so I cannot relate to Billy.

Hannah, age 13, Florida USA

Where The Red Fern Grows is about the best book I have ever read. I loved this book. It was so detailed and when I read it I could picture everything perfectly in my head. This is important because in all books you should be able to see a picture in your head. To me when I read it, it's like I'm watching TV. My favorite part of the book is when he went home and gave his gold cup to his youngest sister. I didn't like how Old Dan and Little Ann ...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!).

Christin, age 13, Iowa USA

I think this is one of the best books I have ever read. This book is important because it teaches people who have and who want dogs how trustworthy, loyal, and intelligent the animal can be. In my opinion, my favorite part was when Billy got Little Ann and Old Dan. If I was Billy, I would be in heaps of joy. I also think this book is very well written. One of my dreams is to become a writer, but if I become a writer, my writing won't be nearly as good as Wilson Rawls' writing.

Riley, age 13, Kansas USA

I loved this book. It was so sad when Little Ann ...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!). I can barely stand to read it again because it's so sad. Though I loved the parts about the competition. I loved that they got all those coons. And I loved how Little Ann always followed the coons. I also loved how they always followed each other. This is the best book for any dog lover. I've never found another one like it.

Amber, age 14, Wisconsin USA

This book is a great book for all readers. It shows how hard work can pay off. Also it is happy and sad throughout and every time you read it you get a new emotion (Feeling). I liked the parts when he went hunting, and my favorite part was when he got the dogs and when he saved them. In my opinion, everyone should read this book. If you don't understand the title, just read the book to find out! The ending is very sad so grab a tissue and read Where the Red Fern Grows. :-)

Mandi, age 12, Wisconsin USA

I loved this book because it was heartfelt, exciting, and interesting at the same time. I could NOT put this down. I had to keep going. I did not like the part where Billy was disappointed about the not getting the dogs at first but it turned around! You have to read it yourself to find out what happens in the end.

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Sophia, Age 13, British Columbia, Canada

I think the book Where The Red Fern Grows is a really great book. It is full of action and adventure but especially emotional parts. Billy is a country boy who is very desperate for some coonhounds but his family can't afford them. But when he gets them he has wonderful times with them but a harsh fight takes ...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!). If you need a book to read I think you should read Where The Red Fern Grows because its really good.

Mohamad , Age = 15, New Jersey USA

Where the Red Fern Grows is really a book of true love...I really like the book. It is about a boy that lives up in the Ozark Mountains and always wanted to have two coonhound dogs. But his parents do not have the money for it. To make a long story short Billy finally gets the dogs. And then he takes them to a champion coon hunt contest. Then one night while Billy is hunting with his two precious dogs a lion comes and beats up Old Dan really bad. I really liked the book. My favorite part of the book is when Billy's dogs...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!) coon hunt contest. This is my favorite part because that is when the dogs show Billy how much they would do anything for him.

Teri, Age = 13, BC, Canada

I read this book several years ago, but I can still remember the beauty and sadness of this majestic, awesomely- written novel. I loved how the author described every detail just enough to let you use imagination, but not leave you confused at all. Even though I can still remember the pounding headache that resulted from sobbing so hard after reading the book, but it was worth it!! I am sure there is no adventure that can better display the love and loyalty that dogs devote for their chosen human, and this book should be on the top of your reading list, and trust me, it will remain there for a long long time, as you will read this book over and over again. Please beware though, this book will leave you in tears that will bring your whole family to your room to find out what is wrong! Enjoy the story!!

Sue, age 14, Connecticut USA

This is the best book you will ever pick up! The heartwarming tale of a boy and his two dogs grabs you from the very beginning, it takes you to the wonderful land in the country as well as teach every reader the importance of love, respect,and loyalties but most of all, it is a beautiful novel with a twist everyone who reads it will be filled with love joy and happiness :)

Ray, age 14, Virginia USA

I really enjoyed this book because I love coon hunting. I hated when the boys made fun of him when he went to get his dogs, but I liked the part when he entered the championship.

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Jon, age 14, Hawaii USA

I liked this book, because it had all the elements a good book needed. Also it was in a very unique location/time setting. The parts that I did not like, were the parts where Billy had to struggle through some of his tough, enduring adventures, such as the lion fight, the boy in the country, and even having to raise the money. But $50 dollars is a lot to raise back then. So this is a very good book, so go read it.

Jaywill, Age 17, Illinois USA

I enjoyed the book quite well. I've never had a dog so I can relate. It's important for me to read this book because I need to read more books, since I've read very few. I liked it when the dogs first started out hunting - it was very exciting. But the part I didn't like was when they kept catching Sammie the cat in the trap, because I have a cat and I love him very much.

Andrew, age 13, Nevada USA

This book is the best book that I have ever read. The reason that I liked this book is because it is a story about a boy who lives in the Ozarks who wants some coon dogs a lot but his family doesn't have the money to buy him dogs. He wants the dogs so badly that he works for two years just to raise the money for them. This is a story of true love and admiration between a boy and mans best friend. My most favorite part in this book is when he finds out that his dogs have arrived at the depot he is so thrilled that he goes there himself to get them and then he carries them under in his knapsack the whole way home. My least favorite part of this book is when...Oops!, you'll have to read this part yourself!). If you only read one book in your lifetime this book should be it.

Kacey, age 10, California USA

This book was great. It was about a boy who loved his dogs. The dogs communicated and loved each other. Old Dan would not hunt without Little Ann or do anything without her. They show love and devotion for each other. That's how we should all be , loving and caring for ourselves and our dogs. If you read this book, remember to bring a tissue!

Lizzie, age 13, California USA

Take yourself back to the rugged Ozarks in old Oklahoma where life is simple, but for Billy it is quite the contrary. Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls is a clever and charismatic story that will touch your heart. It is a tale of a boys determination, love for his pups, and bravery. In this classic novel the author teaches the reader to love and cherish things while they still have them. This book will make you laugh as well as cry. There is no doubt anyone would not love this book. I would recommend it to everyone.

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Nick, age 13, USA

The book was really interesting. It is a very good adventure story to read over and over and over again. I would definitely recommend it to other people. I think Billy worked real hard for that 50 dollars. Plus he fought a Mountain Lion!

Jessy, age 13, North Carolina USA

I really liked this book, because it was about a boy who was very determined and he did not give up, even when his parents told him that they was no way that he would be able to get 2 coon hounds (Old Dan & Little Ann). Billy is one brave and very determined boy. He was very nice and kind. His parents were very poor and they did not want to give him a chance to do what he believed that he could do, but he did it anyway and look he had the best pair of coon hounds up in the Ozark Mountains. The only person that really believed in him was him grandfather. I cried through the whole book, because he was very touching and heartwarming.

Christina, age 13, Pennsylvania USA

I really thought this book would be boring because everything we read for school usually is, but it was anything but boring. I absolutely loved this book. It was a heartwarming story about a boy and his dogs, Little Ann and Old Dan. I can relate to this story because I also had to struggle to get my dog named Fate. It took me about two years to get him. I enjoyed this book because it was fun and interesting to read. I also could never put this book down because it was so good. I am so glad that my teacher assigned this book for us to read.

Ashtin, age 13, California USA

I think it is a very good book because it is about how a boy named Billy that saved his money just because he loved those dogs so much. The reason I think that is a good book because most people just leave there dog outside not taking care of the dog.

Bobbi Lynn, age 13, Florida USA

Hi I'm Bobbi. I read Where the Red Fern Grows in my English class at school. I thought that I would not be interested in the book at all! After I read it it became my favorite story and the best story I ever read. It is a very emotional story and I think Wilson Rawls put a lot of effort into it. Can you believe I actually cried at the end and I believe only an angel can plant the seed of the red fern. I loved to go hunting with Billy and his dogs in the Ozarks and share the heartwarming adventures!!!

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Bobby, age 13, Pennsylvania USA

I had to read it for school and I thought it would be really boring. After I read it I knew it was the best book I ever read. I don't care what kind of books you read you would love this book if you gave it a chance. It is about a kid who wants some coon hounds. His parents can't afford them so he saves his money for two years. He couldn't wait to get them so instead of waiting he went out by himself for days and walked to get his hounds. I would tell you the rest but I don't want to give the end away.

Lilgrif, age 14, Missouri USA

I think this is the best book ever. The reason why I think that is because I have two dogs and I know how Billy felt when Little Ann ...Oops!, you'll have to read the ending yourself!).

Ashleigh, age 13, California USA

I loved this book. It was so touching. My teacher read this book in class and most people got bored with it, but me, no, I almost cried at the end. Since I loved this book so much I even went out and got the movie to watch. I thought that the most heart-pounding part was at the end when they ...Oops!, you'll have to read the ending yourself!). Thanks Wilson Rawls.

Heather, age 13, Maine USA

When I first read this book it was kind of confusing, but now that I am older I found out that is was really sad, but I like the setting of the story.

Sadie, age 13, Ontario Canada

I think this book is a very good book for guys to read and learn how to have a sensitive side because Billy cries too much!

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Joana, age 13, South Australia

My teacher read this book to my class and it was the best. After he finished reading it, I read it myself. I want to watch the movie soon because the book was exiting and very good. I would recommend this book for kids over 10 years and I rate it 10 out of 10. This is one of my favorite books because Billy proved if you want something so bad and you work for it you will get it.

Merrissa, age 13, New Jersey USA

I loved this book. It shows the true meaning of man's best friend. It shows if you reach for the stars, your dreams will come true when Billy worked as hard as he could to get Old Dan and Little Ann. And the loyalty they showed Billy was not just loyalty- it was love, too. These dogs had a strong bond - if one was sick or injured, the other would not hunt. When they ...Oops!, you'll have to read the ending yourself!), I had to put down the book because of how hard I was crying me and my friend were the only ones to cry but I picked the book right back up and cried again. It was so depressing I told my teacher I couldn't finish the book but I had to see what Billy did.

Brittany, age 13, California USA

I think this the greatest book ever. Wilson Rawls put a lot of emotion into it. Maybe even a little too much. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it even made think about what other people are living through. It was great!

Tory, age 15, Tennessee USA

If you like animals read this book! It had excitement and sorrow in it. This is my favorite book.

Jeni, age 13, Michigan USA

This is one of my favorite books in world. The boy in the story is so determined to get a dog that he'll almost do anything. The bond between him Little Ann and Old Dan were very strong and the dogs loved him so much the risked there lives for him! Poor little Ann was so sad she ...Oops!, you'll have to read the ending yourself!).

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Shanna, age 13, California USA

I loved the book - it was awesome. It is one of the best books I have ever read, not like I read a ton. It had great describing things in it and shows that God will help you in many different ways just like at the end when...Oops!, you'll have to read the ending yourself!). Otherwise the book was fantastic and it was well written by Wilson. I definitely recommend this book to people who either love or don't absolutely love to read but will when they find a good book.

Ally, age 11, Michigan USA

I love the book myself. My teacher loved it, too. I think everyone should have or read this book. I mean you feel like you just know everyone in the book and that your in the book with him. I am going to read it again.

Andrea, age 13, New Jersey USA

"Where the Red Fern Grows" is the best book I have ever read. It has a very good storyline. I love dogs and anybody else that does should read this book. Billy's dogs are very loyal and are his best friends ever in this book. It's sad, but it is good what they did in Billy's life. I'm not going to say the whole story, but read it yourself and see why it is such a wonderful book to read.


Courtney, age 13

I liked this book because I like animals. I liked when the boy wins the contest he enters. But this book is also very sad because after all this time the boy saves up for a dog they...Oops!, you'll have to read the ending yourself!).

Zenki, age 13, Michigan USA

I think Where The Red Fern Grows is the best book written and the author was so precise on what happened in the story even though the last part was sad. I recommend it to anyone that enjoys reading adventure books!

Jasmin, age 13, Ontario Canada

This book was action-packed! For some reason you have trouble putting it down. The details are so well written you that you can actually enjoy it! I still have not yet finished the book, but in a another day or two I will be done. This book was fantastically written and it's one of the best books I've ever written. If you don't like a book that is sad, I suggest you don't read this book. I am a little touchy on the killing side, but a book like this is hard to resist reading. It's on my list as the second top book.... (Harry Potter still out beats it)

Mellisa, age 18, Pennsylvania USA

The first time I read this book I cried and couldn't stop. I first read it in 6th grade. It was fun, but sad. I watched the movie with my close friend and we both were in tears. I like this book because it is kind of a good example - like don't hunt alone because this is what could happen.

Jillian, age 13, ,Massachusetts USA

I didn't know anything about this book until I really wanted a puppy. Because this was not alright with all 8 family members, my mom bought me a bunch of dog/animal books. Of these books "Where the Red Fern Grows" was my favorite. All of the books helped the time pass a little bit faster before I got a puppy of my own.

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Marie, age 16, Ontario Canada

I think the book " Where The Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls is a very good book, because it gives you a sense of what it was like to live in their time. Also it tells you about what its like for a little boy who wants 2 dogs and has to work for the money to get the dogs for himself. It also shows the love the some one can have for an animal. Also at the start of the book I think it shows how one little incident can bring back so many memories from your own memory bank which in the case of this story led to the rest of the story in the book.

Christine, age 14, New Jersey USA

This is a great book for all readers of all ages! It really shows that if you want something really bad you need to work hard for it. And if you work hard you may get what you want. It shows how much you really care for something or someone, and how it can affect your life.

Libby, age 10, North Carolina USA

I liked this book so much it made me cry because it was sad and reminded me of when my dog was stolen. I also liked this book because it was so good that I could not put it down. It would make me so so sad if this really happened to me and I know it did Billy's.

Amir, age 13, Cairo, Egypt

I have read this book about 3 times and I find a very exciting and very interesting book. The first time that I read it I couldn't put it down cause it was interesting and intense. I really like it because it talked about dogs and I am a total dog lover. I have 5 dogs, and I love them all very much. I think that this book shows that if you want something bad enough, and you work really hard for it then you defiantly get it.

Lauren, age 13, Texas USA

I love the book the Red Fern Grows. Little Ann and Old Dan are so cute. At first I thought the book was going to be very boring. After reading some chapters it got very exciting especially when it got to the contest part. Read the book and you will find out how great it is!!!


Kristin, age 13, Michigan USA

This is one of the best stories I have read in a long time about animals. This story has shown a tight bond between a boy and his dogs. This story is very touching. It really affected me. I cried when Billy cried. I inspire everyone to read it.

Olivia, age 14, California USA

I really enjoyed the book because it shows what LOVE can do. The way that Little Ann and Old Dan act almost proves that dogs are not only intelligent, but also have their own way of communicating. Every time that the dogs showed their loyalty to Billy, I cried my heart out. The book also compares the differences in Little Ann and Old Dan's personalities and the way they deal with things. But there is something that they both have in common...their devotion to Billy!!!

Ashleigh, age 13, Colorado USA

I love this book! Everybody needs to own a copy because it really inspired me to earn something for myself! I wanted a cat but I had to pay for it myself! I had NO idea how to get the money but when I read, "Where the Red Fern Grows" I got inspired! Thanks Wilson Rawls!

Victoria, age 13, Germany

I loved the book where the Red Fern Grows, because I, too, want a dog very badly. This book will make you laugh and cry and you will want to read it again and again. This book is the classic story of a boy and his two hound dogs and I suggest it to everyone.

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Brittany, age 13, Missouri USA

I love this book. You have to read it. I think it is neat how the two dogs are so close to each other. I hate the end though. It is so sad. I'm not going to tell you what happens - you'll have to see for yourself. I love it! You've got to read it.

Cindy, age 13, Texas USA

I think this book is good because at first I thought it was boring but then it got sad especially when...Oops!, you'll have to read the ending yourself!). I think it was great!

Megan, age 13, Iowa USA

I love this book because I love dogs! I watched the movie, too and me and my friends started bawling because the dogs...Oops!, you'll have to read the ending yourself!). This is my favorite book!

Nichole, age 14, New Jersey USA

I liked the book, even though it was sad. It made a valuable point about the significance of love between 2 things, and about the fact that not all people can be judged by the way they look.

Sophie, age 14, Texas USA

I love this book! It reminds me of my 2 dogs, they stick together no matter what. My Labs have had a few "adventures" when they got out of the back yard. They stick to each other, I guess because they realize they don't know where they are and 2 heads are better than 1. I love how the title and the end of the book tie together at the end. I highly recommend this book to everyone.


Tiffany, age 13, Georgia USA

I love this book! We are reading it in my Communication Skills class. My teacher is very emotional... she cries every time there is a sad part. I recommend that you read this book in order to find out why she is crying! :)

Jennifer, age 14, Minnesota USA

I like the book because I can relate to some things I have done. There are many things I have not done in this story. I also like that there is a lot of adventure.

Kayleen, age 13, British Columbia, Canada

I think it was the best book I have ever read! It had some funny parts and it had sad parts. I think Billy really wanted those dogs so he saved his money for them. That is really sweet, I think. I recommend this to people, adult or child.

Anonymous, age 14 , CA

I like this book. And I think everybody should read it. Well, I think it was cool.

Tom , age 15 , Canada

I had to read this book for school and I thought it would be like really bad, but it wasn't. It was sad and some parts, exciting. I would recommend this book for anybody who likes drama!!!

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Jennifer, age 13, Illinois USA

This book is one of the best dog books I have ever read. Although it was very sad, it also was very touching. The two dogs were loyal to one another as well as Billy. Now those are some dogs that had their priorities straight!

Matt, age 14, Illinois USA

I like this book Because it had adventure and some of the book was good. I'm not for hunting but it is okay. I really want dogs like Billy does. I was really sad when...(Oops!, you'll have to read the ending yourself!).

Jack, age 13, Michigan USA

I liked the story. The dogs and Billy were the best. The book was cool, but the movie was not as good.

Sara, age 14, Michigan USA

I love this book and I think that the ending was really cool (the fern). The part when Old Dan...(Oops!, you'll have to read the ending yourself!).Then at the end I understood the title. By the way I watched the movie, TOO!!!!!!!!!

Sarah, age 13, Connecticut USA

I liked this book. I thought it was one of the best books I've ever read. I liked it because it was sad and happy throughout.

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