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. Eventually, with the support of his grandfather, Billy enters a regional hunting tournament, in a memorable story about friendship, persistence, and choosing what is right.
Modern readers who are removed from Billy's problems are still likely to find his determination and his love for his dogs compelling. The rich description of struggle, poverty, and hunting transports readers to a specific setting, but his strong desire and effort are relatable for readers with very different dreams. An extremely violent incident may keep this book from being a good fit for some readers.
"A quote from Where the Red Fern Grows"
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