Where The Red Fern Grows
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.