6th graders at WOMS have been invited to post guest entries on my blog for YA books they’ve recently read. This is April’s entry. Thanks, April!
Where the Red Fern Grows
Dell laurel, 249p.
Where the Red Fern Grows is about a young boy named Billy, who lives in Cherokee country with his ma, pa and three sisters. But something is missing. He desperately wants his own dogs; not only dogs, hunting hounds.
The problem is that hunting hounds cost twenty-five dollars each. He earns the money by selling berries and making coon traps. It takes two long years and a lot of hard work but Billy eventually saves up enough money for two hounds.
He names the girl hound, little Ann (who had the brains) and the boy hound, Old Dan (Who had the brawn). Billy trained the hounds to be the finest hunting team in the valley.
I like this book because Billy and his dog’s team work are so spectacular and they never give up. I also liked the way the author wrote the book so you’re in Billy’s point of view and can hear, see, and smell every thing he can. Billy was the most realistic character; he had sacrificed his life for his dogs and had also entered and won amazing contests.
I completely recommend this book for readers who love animals and non-fiction books.
Submitted by April H.