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My Side of the Mountain

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My Side of the Mountain

Have you ever wanted to abandon your chaotic life and move to the wilderness? That is exactly what Sam Gribley does when his dad gives him permission to leave his family's crowded New York City apartment and live on his great-grandfather's long unused hill farm, deep in the Catskill Mountains.

This is the story of Sam's survival and maturation during that long and wonderful year alone in the mountains. We meet Sam's peregrine falcon, Frightful, who has known only Sam as a parent figure since he captured her from her nest. Through his journal, Sam introduces us to Jesse Coon James and Baron Weasel, and his other wild animals friends. Sam steers clear of most people, except for visits from the mysterious Bando and trips to the local library to read up on roughing it.

Learn how Sam makes a home in the giant hollowed-out hemlock tree, hunts with Frightful for meat, and discovers the delicious, and not-so-delicious wild plants that keep him alive during his adventure.

Best of all, the last page of this book is not the end of the story! Jean Craighead George has given us two sequels: ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN (1990) and FRIGHTFUL'S MOUNTAIN (1999).

You may not believe it, but this Newbery Honor Book was first published 40 years ago in 1959. This is one survival adventure that is as timely now as it was then.

Reviewed by Neysa Hess on February 2, 2000

My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George

  • Publication Date: February 2, 2000
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • ISBN-10: 0140348107
  • ISBN-13: 9780140348101