Book Review: Where The Red Fern Grows

 Where The Red Fern Grows
Wilson Rawls
 Juvenile Fiction 
 Yearling Books
 212 

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Recommended Audience: grades 6-8

Summary: This book is told from the point of view of Billy as an adult flashing back to when he was a child. As an adult he sees a pack of dogs attacking a stray coonhound and it reminds him of when he was a child and wanted two coonhounds so badly, but his parents could not afford them. He raised the money himself and adopts them. He trains them and has adventures with them. Through them he learns an important lesson about loyalty.

Reaction: This book tugs at the heartstrings for sure. Billy was so determined to earn the money for the pups and spent so much time training them and hunting with them. I won’t spoil the ending, but it is amazing how loyal coonhounds can be.


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Megan is a middle school student in Hunterdon County. She enjoys spending time teaching her parakeet Blueberry new sounds and letting him fly onto her shoulder. When she isn't playing with Blueberry, she is often chasing her mutt Pepsi around the yard and teaching her fun, new tricks. Megan's goals include creating a hotel for homeless dogs so that they are comfortable and safe until they are adopted and educating people about the importance of spaying/neutering. Her accomplishments include having a birthday party in which guests donated items to a local shelter in lieu of gifts, periodically using her own money to shop frugally for items for a local shelter, educating her peers about the importance of spaying and neutering (based on MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech), donating items to the HarnessLife yard sale, and, most recently, writing book reviews for HarnessLife. Megan doesn't just "flip out" about the pet overpopulation problem; she is also a JOGA level 5 competitive gymnast. She is thrilled to be a volunteer for HarnessLife and hopes that she will help make a difference.

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