Wilson Rawls is the author of the children's story "Where the Red Fern Grows." Born Woodrow Wilson Rawls in 1913, he was inspired as a child by Jack London's "The Call of the Wild." He originally wrote "Where the Red Fern Grows" as three installments for the Saturday Evening Post.
The installments, originally entitled "The Hounds of Youth," were later published together as a novel, which became a movie in 1973. "Where the Red Fern Grows" is the story of a boy named Billy who works hard saving up enough money to buy two Coonhound puppies. Reaching his goal, Billy teaches his two dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann, how to hunt, eventually entering them into hunting competitions. "Where the Red Fern Grows" poignantly chronicles their adventures together, as Billy learns about life, loyalty, love, perseverance and loss.