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Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


Book Summary

Billy lives in rural Appalachia, and works for years to scrape enough nickels and pennies together to buy two dogs, which he trains to hunt raccoons.  Billy's persistence leads him to a regional hunting tournament, in a memorable story about friendship.

Where the Red Fern Grows book cover
Where the Red Fern Grows

Book Review

Modern readers can't help but be impressed by Billy's determination to achieve his goals. An extremely violent incident in this book makes it ill-suited for general read-alouds, as some students may find it too disturbing.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Outdoor Survival Skills
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Reliance
  • Hunting
  • Dogs
  • Loyalty and Friendship

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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