Book Review: Where the Red Fern Grows

Hey everybody! Back for another Book Review today. 

Today we are gonna take a look at a book called Where the Red Fern Grows.

It’s an older book, that I read when I was a kid probably 10 or so years ago, but it is FANTASTIC!

This also happens to be the first book that ever made me cry, ( Yes I admit it). 

I also remember this book being one of the first books that I stayed up all night to read.

I remember it was a school assignment to read this book, and we had to read a few chapters for every class. I followed that rule at first, up until the book got really good. 

After that I’m pretty sure I finished 3/4 of the book in one night. It’s not an overly long book, so finishing it wasn’t hard, and sitting in class doing nothing while our teacher gave us time to read it was pretty sweet at the time too.

It’s a great book for kids, and has a pretty good theme of hard work and determination in it.

It’s about a boy named Billy and his two dogs Old Dan and Little Ann. Billy works for two years today for Old Dan and Little Ann. The rest of the book is about their hard work to become the best racoon hunters they can. 

Where the Red Fern Grows isn’t just about Billy’s determination, but also a good look at the lifestyle of the 1920’s. 

I remember crying so much through this book, and even today I tear up thinking of Old Dan and Little Ann. I also loaned this to my [then] children’s librarian, because the library copy was always out. I even marked the pages, “Get out tissue here.”
— DeAnn Okamura

Now this all sounds pretty happy and cheery, so why did it make me cry?

Well…I really don’t want to give anything away because then you wouldn’t read the book, but what I can say is BRING TISSUES. You’ll cry. A lot. 

Whats one book you remember staying up late reading under the covers? Let me know in the comments or send me an email! I love hearing from you guys.

Verdict: Definitely worth a read. It’s short and sweet, and despite being a book meant for kids, it’s still a good story for any adult too. 

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book series I have ongoing at the moment.

The Hint: It was recently picked up by Amazon to become a t.v. show. 

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