The Question and Answer section for Where the Red Fern Grows is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
d. His mother was worried and dad thought it was fine
I think that poetry would be more accessible when looking for assonance. Check this out:
Billy tries to trap a coon so he can train his dogs with a coonskin, but the coons prove too wily. His Grandpa teaches him to catch a coon with a simple brace and bit, and a shiny piece of tin for bait. Although the coon merely has to let go of...