Where the Red Fern Grows book review

By Leen, Reporter


“Where the Red Fern Grows” is a 1961 children’s novel by Wilson Rawls about a boy who buys two hunting dogs. “Where the Red Fern Grows” is a great book about the adventurous story of a young boy and his dream for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs. It is set in the Ozark Mountains during the Great Depression.


The main character uses dogs to hunt raccoons, which they can sell for money to help support the family. The parents are able to save enough after two years that they can move closer to the city so their kids (including Billy, the main character) can go to school and get a “proper education.” The beginning of the story is interesting but the ending is sad.


This book is extremely sad and is argued by some to be one of the saddest books in existence.The saddest part of this story is chapters 19 and 20. It causes many people to cry. The scene of the two dogs and the boy is just heartbreaking, if you read this book or watched the movie you probably know what happend. Although the book goes through a roller coaster of emotions, it is a very well loved book. It was very emotional in all ways and all in all made me love it. Everytime I mention the book to people who have read it they all give me the same heartwarming look.