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Author: Wilson Rawls Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Listening Library Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780553752199

Publisher Description

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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  • Written with so much feeling and sentiment that adults as well as children are drawn [in] with a passion.

    - Arizona Daily Star
  • A book of unadorned naturalness.

    - Kirkus Reviews  
  • An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.

    - School Library Journal  
  • 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
  • A rewarding book . . . [with] careful, precise observation, all of it rightly phrased....Very touching.

    - The New York Times Book Review
  • A Top 100 Children’s Novel, School Library Journal A Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14, NPR A Great American Read's Selection (PBS) Winner of Multiple State Awards Over 14 million copies in print!  

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  • We tear up just thinking about it.

    - Time on the film adaptation
  • 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

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About the Author

Wilson Rawls grew up on a small farm in the Ozark Mountains of Oklahoma. There were no schools where he lived so his mother taught Rawls and his sisters how to read and write. He says that reading the book The Call of the Wild changed his life and gave him the notion that he would like to grow up to write a book like it. He shared his dream with his father, and his father gave him the encouraging advice, “Son, a man can do anything he sets out to do, if he doesn’t give up.” Rawls never forgot his father’s words, and went on to create two novels about his boyhood that have become modern classics.

About the Narrator

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. Heald has also won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.