News: 50th Anniversary Edition – Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Crushed on by kelly, on May 6, 2016, in News / 2 Comments

News: 50th Anniversary Special Edition –
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

A Special Edition with a Fresh New Look
Celebrating Fifty Years in Print

Delacorte Press announces the publication of WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS (Delacorte Press | On sale May 3, 2016 | Ages 8–12 | $16.99) by Wilson Rawls to commemorate more than fifty years in print. This special edition of the perennial classic includes a stunning new cover and new back matter—a note from Newbery Medal–winning author Clare Vanderpool along with historical materials. This timeless classic about a boy who saves two dogs, which then save him in return, has been given a new look for a new generation. Common Sense Media raves that WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS is “one of the great classics of children’s literature.”

Also check out the feature on Bustle about this Special 50th Anniversary Edition of Where the Red Fern Grows, a childhood classic! If you were like me you read a lot as a kid & as an adult, and Where the Red Fern Grows was staple reading for young teens.

Over Seven Million Copies in Print

A Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14—NPR

A Top 100 Children’s Novel—School Library Journal


redfernWHERE THE RED FERN GROWS by Wilson Rawls

Publication: May 3rd, 2016; Delacorte Press
Purchase: Amazon

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. Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy waits for these determined friends. In time, Billy will learn that hope can grow out of despair and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.


Don’t miss this special edition celebrating more than fifty years in print for the beloved classic WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS, which includes a stunning new cover and riveting back matter.


WILSON RAWLS spent his youth in the heart of the Cherokee nation, prowling the hills and river bottoms with his only companion, an old bluetick hound. Since its publication in 1961, WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS has become a classic story enjoyed by generations of young readers. Rawls’s second work, Summer of the Monkeys, also received rave reviews and won the prestigious California Young Reader Medal Award, among other accolades.


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2 responses to “News: 50th Anniversary Edition – Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

  1. Ashley K

    What a lovely new edition! Is it bad that I’m tearing up just thinking about this book? I’m not sure I could read it now… I cried when a best friend died in a very popular vampire book series.