Posted by: Israel Sanchez
Book: Where the Red Fern Grows (purchase on Amazon)
“He raised me to a sitting position. His deep friendly voice said, “Are you all right, son?”
When Billy goes to pick up his puppies at the mail depot, it’s the first time he has ever been in to town. He gets many stares from townspeople as he walks down the street with his dogs. A group of boys taunt him for being a “hillbilly”, they stomp his bare feet and pull the ears of the girl pup, when Billy stands up to them he is attacked. He fights the boys off for a while but eventually falls to the ground under their punches and kicks. The town marshal scatters the group of boys and helps Billy up. When the marshal hears the story of how long Billy worked and how far he traveled to get his hunting dogs he is so impressed that he offers to buy Billy a bottle of soda pop, it’s Billy’s first taste of soda ever. The marshal is one of many people who help Billy along after seeing the bond he shares with his dogs.