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Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
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May 22, 12

Recommended to Dee by: Fourth Grade Teacher
Recommended for: Everyone
I own a copy, read count: Many

There are so many ways to describe this book. It is a glimpse into a slice of American life hidden back in the hills in the wild Cherokee Country (The Ozarks, Oklahoma) during the Depression, where life was hardscrabble and yet tantalizingly free and beautiful. It is a book of inspiration for hard work and persistence. It is a book about family. It is a book about God. It is an adventure story, bursting with twists and turns and excitement. It is an astute coming of age story of a boy...who through love and hard work and lessons grows to be a man, a boy who starts by whining and begging for coon hounds, then realizes this will achieve nothing, and works for two years to buy Old Dan and Little Ann, and their joy then begins. It is a book of two wonderful and unique little dogs and the deepening and fun friendship between dogs and boy. It is a book about the rough beauty of the Ozarks. It is a book about papa, mama and the "best grandfather in the world" who is always "cooking up something." It is about family dreams and what is gained and what is lost when they are achieved. It is a book with hidden humor. It is a book about life intertwined with nature and the dangers hidden beneath nature's uncaring beauty.

But underneath all this runs the essential undercurrent of the book, which is the deep love between the boy, Billy and two hunting dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann. And this is the part that will tear your heart into a million pieces.
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