The last thing a fourteen-year-old boy expects to find along an old Ozark river
bottom is a tree full of monkeys. Jay Berry Lee’s grandpa had an explanation, of course-as he did for most things. The monkeys had escaped from a traveling circus, and there was a handsome reward in store for anyone who could catch them. Grandpa said there wasn’t any animal that couldn’t be caught somehow, and Jay Berry started out believing him . But by the end of the summer, Jay Berry Lee had learned a lot more than he ever bargained for-and not just about monkeys. He learned about faith, and wishes coming true, and knowing what it is you really want. Miracles really are the simplest of things.
Hatfield Rawls. He grew up on a small farm near Scraper, Oklahoma,which the family called “Mother’s Cherokee allotment” since it was land given
to Winnie Rawls by the government because of her Cherokee ancestry.The Rawls children were unable to attend school on a regular basis so their mother taught them at home by reading to them books she had ordered in the mail. Wilson was 16 years old when the depression hit. He decided to leave home and find any jobs he could. That’s when he met his wife, Sophie Styczinski, a budget analyst for the Atomic Energy Commission.In 1958, Sophie and Wilson decided to marry. On a trip to Albuquerque he decided to give up his dream of being a writer and become more responsible. After a while he gave that idea and told his wife about the stories he had written. She encouraged him to write another and being the great editor she was, she edited the books and they turned out beautifully. Another book Wilson Rawls wrote is Where the Red Fern Grows.Information from amazon and ifpl.org.