Where the Red Fern Grows


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An American classic, an autobiographical account, written in the Depression, about a boy in the Ozarks, who saves up enough money to buy himself a pair of coonhounds. It's a gripping story, with a lot of adventures. Young readers should be warned that the dogs do die in the end, and they may need a box of tissues. But the dogs' death isn't the end of the story, as readers will find out. It's quite a long book, but enthralling enough to keep the attention of young readers from about nine-years-old upwards.