Friday, May 6, 2016

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

Can I tell you how excited I am to share this news with you? One of my favorite books from my childhood is turning fifty and has a brand new anniversary edition out in celebration. Where the Red Fern Grows will always hold a special place in my heart. I'm crying right now as I type this! Pick up this gorgeous commemorative edition today for yourself and the young readers in your life!

by Wilson Rawls

Delacorte Press
On sale May 3, 2016
Hardcover: 978-0-399-55123-9
eBook: 978-0-399-55169-7
304 pages

Over Seven Million Copies in Print
A Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14—NPR
A Top 100 Children’s Novel—School Library Journal

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.

Delacorte Press announces the publication of WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS 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.”

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.

Delacorte Press is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books,  the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC.


  1. What a gorgeous edition. I should be surprised that it's been around that long, but I'm not! I loved Where the Red Fern Grows, but Summer of the Monkeys is my favorite. Most people only know Rawls for Red Fern though.

    1. I never even knew he'd written another book until I got this press release. I'll have to check it out. But if it's not about dogs, I probably won't love it as much a WTRFG!


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