by Wilson Rawls "Where The Red Fern Grows", written by Wilson Rawls, is a very exciting adventure story. It traces the life of a young boy, Billy Coleman who lives in the Ozark
of Oklahoma. His main ambition is to train hound dogs to hunt. This interest was sparked by stories that his grandfather told. In order to achieve his goal, Billy works for two years to save enough money to buy two coon dogs. He trains them with great skill and they ultimately become the finest hunting team in the area. Old Dan and Little Ann, his two faithful dogs, lead Billy to his proudest moment when they win the gold cup in the annual coon hunting contest. This joy was short lived when Old Dan is involved in a bitter fight with a bobcat and looses his life. Little Ann is stricken with immense grief over the loss of her companion that she too dies. In his efforts to deal with the death of his beloved dogs, Billy digs the graves himself and buries them among the "red" ferns.