Summer of the Monkeys

Publisher: Yearling
From the author of the beloved classic Where the Red Fern Grows comes a timeless adventure about a boy who discovers a tree full of monkeys.

   The last thing fourteen-year-old Jay Berry Lee expects to find while trekking through the Ozark Mountains of Oklahoma is a tree full of monkeys. But then Jay learns from his grandpa that the monkeys have escaped from a traveling circus, and there’s a big reward for the person who finds and returns them.
   His family could really use the money, so Jay sets off, determined to catch them. But by the end of the summer, Jay will have learned a lot more than he bargained for—and not just about monkeys.
   From the beloved author of Where the Red Fern Grows comes another memorable adventure novel filled with heart, humor, and excitement.

Honors and Praise for Wilson Rawls’ Where the Red Fern Grows:
 
A School Library Journal Top 100 Children’s Novel
An NPR Must-Read for Kids Ages 9 to 14
Winner of 4 State Awards
Over 7 million copies in print!

 
A rewarding book . . . [with] careful, precise observation, all of it rightly phrased.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
One of the great classics of children’s literature . . . Any child who doesn’t get to read this beloved and powerfully emotional book has missed out on an important piece of childhood for the last 40-plus years.” —Common Sense Media
 
An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.” —School Library Journal

READ AN EXCERPT

Chapter One

Up until I was fourteen years old, no boy on earth could have been happier. I didn't have a worry in the world. In fact, I was beginning to think that it wasn't going to be hard at all for me to grow up. But just when things were really looking good for me, something happened. I got mixed up with a bunch...
Read More

PRAISE FOR

Honors and Praise for Wilson Rawls’ Where the Red Fern Grows:

A School Library Journal Top 100 Children’s Novel

An NPR Must-Read for Kids Ages 9 to 14


Winner of 4 State Awards


Over 7 million copies in print!

 
A rewarding book . . . [with] careful, precise observation, all of it rightly phrased.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
One of the great classics of children’s literature . . . Any child who doesn’t get to read this beloved and powerfully emotional book has missed out on an important piece of childhood for the last 40-plus years.” —Common Sense Media
 
An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.” —School Library Journal
 
A book of unadorned naturalness.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
Written with so much feeling and sentiment that adults as well as children are drawn with a passion.” —Arizona Daily Star
 
“It’s a story about a young boy and his two hunting dogs and . . . I can’t even go on without getting a little misty.” —The Huffington Post