*Ryan’s Pick*

Between fourth and sixth grade I think I read this book five times. Dog lovers need this book. Young boys need this book. Anyone who grew up in the country needs this book. If you haven’t read it, you need this book.
Rawls encapsulates all of the large hardships and small victories of growing up and learning about life in the backwoods and forests of any city and state. I think that this is the book that made me realize how powerful language and writing can be. Passages still stick with me - some 12 years after reading it. The raccoons, the great sycamore, the boy falling on the axe, the side by side graves, the mysterious plant.
Where the Red Fern Grows was a book that changed the way that I saw literature. It’s one of those stories that you can read as a young boy for the thrill, as an adult for the nostalgia, and again as an old man for the familiar comfort that it never ceases to deliver.

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  • CAN YOU BELIVE WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS DOES NOT HAVE A DARN NEWBERRY AWARD ?!?!?!?!?!?!

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