In "Where the Red Fern Grows," the main character, Billy Colman, retrospectively narrates the story about the year he bought two hunting dogs. Young Billy desires to have two hunting dogs of his own, but his family is too poor to afford them. He finds an advertisement for hunting dogs in a catalog and works to save up the money to buy the dogs. He finally can afford the dogs 2 years later and receives a girl and boy dog. He names the dogs Little Ann and Old Dan. Tragedy later strikes, and Billy is forced to deal with the loss of his dogs.
The original manuscript for "Where the Red Fern Grows" was destroyed by Rawls during a period of self-doubt. Four other manuscripts were also destroyed. He rewrote the novel afterword and published it. The novel was made into a movie in 1974, and a sequel was released in 1992. In 2003, a remake of the novel was made for the screen starring actors Dabney Coleman and Ned Beatty. Rawls also wrote the novel "Summer of the Monkeys" in 1976.Learn more about Classics