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Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows


by Wilson Rawls

Where the Red Fern Grows Resources


Ain't Nothing But a…You Know

More information than you probably ever wanted about hound dogs from the American Kennel Club itself.

Libraries: For More Than Just Fines

The Idaho Falls Public Library has a huge section dedicated to Rawls, who moved to Idaho in 1958.

Movies and TV

Get the Tissues Out

This is the original 1974 movie production of Where the Red Fern Grows. Wilson Rawls even consulted on the set, so it's got to be good.

Where the Red Fern Shouldn't Have Grown

Not really a sequel, Where the Red Fern Grows: Part 2 (1992) takes place in Louisiana after WWII. It uses all the same characters, but other than that it is a completely different story. For your own good, don't watch it.

Dave Matthews Has an Acting Career?

Yep. And in 2003 he played Papa in a remake.

Articles and Interviews

It's a Hard-Knock Life

Hey, here's what not to do if you want to be a writer.

Remember When

Rawls got to visit the set of the 1974 film, and had a majorly nostalgic moment.


Get Excited

Trailer for the updated, but not necessarily better, 2003 movie.

Someone Make the Popcorn

YouTube has the full 1974 movie online. It's a little dated, but also worth a watch.


Live and In Person

Want to hear what Billy would have sounded like? Here is Rawls reading from the first chapter of the book.


Dreams Can Come True

Wilson Rawls has his own memorial statue. How cool is that?

Two Dogs and a Boy

Check out the original book cover for the 1st hardback edition.


Even though we sort of want to fill this page with pictures of dogs, we will contain ourselves to just this adorable picture of a hound puppy.

Just Hangin'

Rather than link to his stuffy author portrait, here is a more casual picture of Rawls.

The Land of Ozarks

This is where Billy would have lived. Kind of beautiful don't you think?

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