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Where the Red Fern Grows

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Anthony Heald

6 Hours 55 Minutes

Listening Library (Audio)

July 2000

Audio Book Summary

A beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend.
Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.

Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.
Praise for Where the Red Fern Grows
A Top 100 Children’s Novel, School Library Journal's A Fuse #8 Production
A Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14, NPR
Winner of Multiple State Awards
Over 7 million copies in print!
“Very touching.” —The New York Times Book Review
“One of the great classics of children’s literature . . . Any child who doesn’t get to read this beloved and powerfully emotional book has missed out on an important piece of childhood for the last 40-plus years.” —Common Sense Media
“An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.” —School Library Journal
“A book of unadorned naturalness.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Written with so much feeling and sentiment that adults as well as children are drawn [in] with a passion.” —Arizona Daily Star
“It’s a story about a young boy and his two hunting dogs and . . . I can’t even go on without getting a little misty.” —The Huffington Post
“We tear up just thinking about it.” —Time on the film adaptation

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  • Tracy Maruo-Hanamoto

    It is an amazing book about Billy. With awesome narration.

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  • Christy Williamsen

    I have to listen to it for school and the narrator really made it enjoyable

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  • Trish Battle

    The narrator is awesome! He makes the book come alive.

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  • Randa V.

    Perfect book good good job

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  • Peyton Burwell

    I need this book for school. It is awesome so far.

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  • rhonda sandoval

    it was a good book for passing time .. the narrator sound really soft but when needed to be loud he diliverd

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  • Keren W.

    Wonderful story and narration.

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  • Laurel R.

    The book is amazing in and of itself but the narrator brought it to life! My 4 children were enthralled with the story and my oldest ( 11 ) said the man reading the book was so good and made the book really fun to listen to!

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  • Tamara Kippen

    This book was required reading in the 4th 5th and 6th grade when I was in Elementary school I didn't mind rereading it every year. Now I listen to it for enjoyment as an adult. It's still my favorite book!

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