Where the Red Fern Grows - Book


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Reading Level: Grades 5-7 

Lexile Level: 700

Setting: NE Oklahoma

Genre: Dog Story

Page Count: 304

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There is nothing Billy Colman wants more than a pair of hunting dogs, but times are tough for farming families in the Ozarks. "Maybe some day when we can afford it, you can have them," Billy's father tells him, "but not right now." Billy doesn't give up. Determined to get a pair of hunting dogs, Billy finds ways to raise the money. With great patience, Billy saves all the money he can, and after two years he is finally able to buy his hunting dogs. Billy works with his dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann, as often as he can, training them to track and tree coons, and teaching them how to avoid "Old Ringtail's" tricks. Though his dogs bring him pleasure, there are trials ahead for Billy as well. Billy learns the value of hard work, patience, and persistence, and eventually sees how God can use all things - even a pair of hunting dogs - to answer the prayers of his family.

Book Awards:
A Top 100 Children’s Novel • School Library Journal • A Must-Read for Kids 9-14 NPR • Evansville Book Award • Young Readers Award • Michigan Council of Teachers of English • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award • North Dakota, 12th Annual Children's Book Award • Massachusetts, Great Stone Face Award • New Hampshire,
The Great American Read #31 (Top 100)

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