Where the Red Fern Grows
Author: Wilson Rawls
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Adventure, Classics, Realistic Fiction, Animal Stories
Determination and Perseverance, Death, Grief, Loss, Country Life
Billy Colman roams the Ozarks of northeastern Oklahoma with his bluetick hound and his precious coonhound pup trying to "tree" the elusive raccoon. In time, the inseparable trio wins the coveted gold cup in the annual coon-hunt contest, captures the wily ghost coon, and bravely fights with a mountain lion.
When the victory over the mountain lion turns to tragedy, Billy grieves, but learns the beautiful old Native American legend of the sacred red fern that grows over the graves of his dogs.