50 Books Real Simple Readers Love
Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
It showed me how a great story could take me to places outside my hometown, meet different people, and feel such powerful
emotions...simply from words on paper. That’s a special gift. The reason why I work in a library today is probably because
of that book. —Nikole LD
Have kept a paperback copy in a Ziploc for years. Love that book! —Linda Marie Dugan
Must have read it three times in third grade alone. —April Kitchen
The first time I cried while reading. It was a powerful connection I didn’t know was possible. —Catherine Tomasi
Broke my heart as a child. It also showed me how powerful books can be. —Apryl Milam
I remember riding my horse in circles around the pasture and reading it at the same time. I still have that exact paperback. —Laurie Lucas
I felt “grown-up” reading this book. —Shannon Maddux Gonzalez
It was sad, but beautiful. —Amanda Roberts
I remember my mom making a trip into Boise, Idaho, from our farm outside of Emmett just to buy a new book that had come out called Where the Red Fern Grows. I can still picture the department store and the books set up near the front window of the store. She started reading it to us kids that night. I still have that much-loved book in my collection. —Pamela L Finney
To buy: $7, amazon.com.
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