Where The Red Fern Grows

By Wilson Rawls

About A Boy Named Billy ~ And His Two Dogs

Billy's dream was to have 2 Redbone Coon Hound Pups, but not just any pups, hunting pups. When his dream came true, along the way there were some obstacles. This is an exciting, loving, and sad story that you will love, and never forget.
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The Books Covers

The first one is the front.

The second one is the back.

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This is how Billy Named his Dogs

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Dog down! Dog down!


Billy has wanted 2 redbone coon hound pups all his life, but they cost 25 dollars each! (Which might not seem a lot now but back then that was worth $582.39 dollars now! And I bet you don't get that for your allowance!) So, Billy waited 2 whole years, working, and working, mostly for his family, and then he saved up ALL his money, and finally bought the dogs. Then, he named the dogs from a tree! Along the way, there are some heart-breaking scenes, but soon they all have a happy ending. This is a great book and I would definitely recommend it!


  • Age Range: 8-12
  • Grade Levels 3-7
  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: The Curtis Publishing Company
  • Language: English


"Heald is wonderful with this action and emotion-laden story. An excellent selection for family listening."


"An exciting tale of love and adventure you'll never forget."
--School Library Journal

I read this book years ago when I was in elementary school, but now, nearly 40, I decided to relax while listening to the audio book. I sat at the kitchen table, assembling a jigsaw puzzle while the narrator once again described a young boy so desperate for hunting hounds that he saved for two years, and by the time he walked the 30 miles to pick up his hard-earned hounds, his feet scratched from picking berries to sell for 10 or 15 cents a batch to raise the incredibly high goal of $50 for his precious dogs.

This story is such a great tale of true grit, determination, hard work and the idea that all things are possible if you set yourself to the task. The things the boy learned and experienced with his hounds and his own sense of loyalty to his family and his dogs are the kind of character building stories that every child, and every 40-year-old should experience.

I confess I've always admired dogs ... their loyalty, dedication and wish I could emulate the character that a good dog naturally exhibits. This is one of a group of stories like Lassie and Ol' Yeller about dedicated dogs.

Buy it for every child that you hope will develop true grit

-Charlotte A.

Editorial Review

This wonderful story made me cry, and is a beautiful story that should warm your heart. The story is about friendship, teamwork, and sticking together. Old Dan and Little Ann are two dogs, who act like one. They will NEVER leave each other. There are tons of ups and downs in the story and true love. All that really matters to Billy are his two wonderful dogs. You should really read this book, it is great and you should love this book with all your heart. :)

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5 Stars: 1,716

4 Stars: 258

3 Stars: 62

2 Stars: 27

1 Star: 42

How Much Does This Book Cost?

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Barnes & Noble: $6.99

Better World Books: Used: $3.98 New: $9.41