Just when I had given up all hope…something wonderful happened.
Posted by: Israel Sanchez
Book: Where the Red Fern Grows (purchase on Amazon)
“I sat down on an old sycamore log, and started thumbing through the leaves. On the back pages of the magazine I came to the “For Sale” section-“Dogs for Sale”-every kind of dog. I read on and on. They had dogs I had never heard of, names I couldn’t make out. Far down in the right-hand corner, I found an ad that took my breath away. In small letters, it read: ‘Registered redbone coon hound pups- twenty five dollars each.’ “
In this early part of the story Billy finds a sportsman’s magazine left behind at a fishing campsite. After reading the ad he puts together a plan to get the hunting dogs he wants so badly. He starts making money catching bait for fisherman and selling opossum, rabbit, and skunk hides at his grandfather’s store. It takes him two years to save up the fifty dollars.