This Paper Is About The Book Where The Red Fern Grows And Also About The Author, Wilson Rawls.

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Wilson Rawls was born in the Oklahoma Ozarks on a small farm. His youth was spent in the Cherokee nation, roaming the hills and river bottoms with his only companion, an old blue tick hound. The small town that he grew up in did not have a school so Wilson's mother taught him and his siblings to the best of her ability. She made it a practice to read to them. He thought that all stories were "girl stories" until his mother read Jack London's Call of the Wild to them. After she read it to all of the children she gave it to Wilson and that became his treasure and he read it at every chance he received. He took it with him everywhere even as he chased raccoons through the woods and climbed the rivers banks. He dreamed of writing a book like it but being too poor to buy pencils and paper, he never dreamed that one-day children would carry around his book as he did Jack London's. As a teenager "Woody" went from place to place working as a carpenter and handyman. Along the way he began to write stories but without having any real schooling his spelling and grammar kept them unsold. To him, each represented a broken dream and was hidden away in a trunk. Right before Wilson was supposed to marry a woman named Sophie, he took the old manuscripts from the trunk and burned them because he did not want his wife-to-be to know about his failed dreams. Later she found out about them and asked him to rewrite one of them. He did so hesitantly, rewriting Where the Red Fern Grows in three weeks of non-stop unpunctuated writing. When he finished he left the house because he did not want to see Sophie's disappointment when she read it so instead he called her a few hours later to see what she thought of it. She loved it and together they worked on its spelling and grammar and sent it to a publisher. Mr. Rawls only wrote one more book, Summer of the Monkeys, before he died in 1984 at age seventy-one.The book I read was Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. The main character is Billy, a young boy. He wants two coonhounds really badly but his parents are farmers and don't have the extra money to be spending 50$ on 2 dogs. His parents know how badly he wants them and would buy them for him in a heartbeat but they just do not have the money. Billy gets so depressed that he does not eat or sleep all he does is think about the dogs. Finally he changes his attitude and starts earning and saving up money so he can buy himself two coonhounds. It takes him two years to save up the fifty...

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