Dear Wilson Rawls,
I love to read. When my teacher proposed your book Where the Red Fern Grows. I thought it would be just another book. But as I read on, I felt a feeling that only a few books had given me before. I couldn't put the book down because of personal connections within my own life. Even when I wasn't reading, the words and thoughts were still fresh in my mind.
No matter the circumstance, Billy was always loyal to his dogs and they were always loyal to him. This made me look at my loyalty to others. I need to be a friend who can always be counted on, and if I say I'm going to do something, I have to do it. I also started thinking about my friends. If I can't trust them, then I know that's not the friend to make a strong relationship with.
In your story Billy is discriminated against or picked on. When other people bullied Billy he never let it get to him. Billy knew that even when people treat you badly stand your ground. Don't try to hurt them back because that will just cause a bigger conflict between the two of you. I was often faced with similar situations, except now I am not bothered by bullying as I was before.
Billy and his dogs showed courage through the many obstacles that they faced. Never again will I back away because I'm afraid. Your book has given me the courage to do anything. By being afraid, I'm only blocking the light that leads me to success.
Billy had determination through everything he did. From earning the money to buy his coon hounds, to winning the coon hunting competition during a blizzard, Billy was determined. I learned that if you have a big heart and a lot of purpose nothing stands in your way. Billy had the self-discipline to train his dogs to be the greatest of all, and that is exactly what he did.
In conclusion, Where the Red Fern Grows has changed my life for the better. Your book has given me a new image of loyalty, discrimination, courage, and most of all determination. I now have new eyes on the world around me. Your book has taught me valuable lessons and has shown me that new adventures await us every day.