Where The Red Fern Grows Book Summary and Study Guide

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   Billy lives with his three sisters and his parents. One day when he was fishing in the river, he went over to an empty campground and found an ad for hunting dogs, which were twenty- five dollars each. Billy got to work raising money to buy the dogs.
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   Billy does various odd jobs, including picking and selling berries, crawfish and other foods. He puts all of the money he earns in a K.C. Baking Powder can. Eventually he has enough money and asks his grandpa to order his dogs for him. He receives a note saying that the dogs are in Talequah and that he can come and pick them up.

   He sneaks out of the house one night, with his bag filled with food. He stops after awhile to camp and then sets out the next morning. he picks up his dogs and the adventure begins.

   Billy goes on many hunting adventures and even enters a hunting contest with his dogs. Read this book to find out about all their adventures, where the red fern grows.

The review of this Book prepared by Ashley

"Where the Red Fern Grows" is a touching and poignant story about a boy growing up and raising two hound pups, which he works very hard at raising enough money to buy himself. They spend every waking moment together hunting racoons, taking walks or just playing around. Read the story for a glimpse into this boy's life as he overcomes obstacles and learns important lessons, and finally grows into a wonderful young man.
The review of this Book prepared by a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Billy grew up in the Ozark Mountains. His family was not poor, but they were by no means wealthy. All his life, Billy wanted a dog, but his parents could not afford one. So, after seeing an ad for coon pups, Billy set to work at a young age to save up the money for a pup. After two years, Billy had finally saved up enough money for the dog--but surprisingly, since it had taken so long, the price of the pups had gone down, so Bilyl could now afford two.

He snuck out of the house one night and walked all the way to the nearest city, picked up his pups from the train station, and then walked back to surprise his family.

For a year or two, Billy spent his time training his dogs to be coon hounds. They were smart dogs and learned well, and soon Billy was bringing much money home from all the raccoon skins which his dogs had gotten him. He gave all his money to his parents, since he had no need for it--he was content with just his dogs.

Eventually, Billy entered his dogs in one of the biggest coon hunting competitions in the Midwest, and after a tough hunt, won.
Soon after, however, Billy's dogs grew old, and passed away. Billy's parents had been saving up his raccoon skin money, however, and told Billy that they would be moving to the city so that Billy and his sisters could enjoy a better life. Billy realized that it was all for the better; his dogs were coon dogs, after all, and they would not like city life.
The review of this Book prepared by Jen

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Animal story    -   Yes Kind of animal:    -   dog Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Forest?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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