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Frightful's Mountain

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Can frightful survive alone?

Sam Gribley has been told that it is illegal to harbor an endangered bird, so when his beloved falcon, Frightful, comes home, he has to let her go. But Frightful doesn’t know how to live alone in the wild. She can’t feed herself, mate, brood chicks, or migrate. Frightful struggles to survive and learns to enjoy her new freedom. But she feels a bond with Sam that can never be broken, and more than anything else, she ...

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Overview

Can frightful survive alone?

Sam Gribley has been told that it is illegal to harbor an endangered bird, so when his beloved falcon, Frightful, comes home, he has to let her go. But Frightful doesn’t know how to live alone in the wild. She can’t feed herself, mate, brood chicks, or migrate. Frightful struggles to survive and learns to enjoy her new freedom. But she feels a bond with Sam that can never be broken, and more than anything else, she wants to return to him.

The sequel to My Side of the Mountain and On the Far Side of the Mountain from Newbery Medal-winning author Jean Craighead George.

“Fans of My Side of the Mountain will be glad to revisit Sam Gribley in this sequel.” The Horn Book

Frightful’s Mountain is a novel that will change the way you look at the world.” The New York Times Book Review

"Frightful's story is filled with excitement and adventure." School Library Journal

As she grows through the first years of her life in the Catskill Mountains of New York, a peregrine falcon called Frightful interacts with various humans, including the boy who raised her, a falconer who rescues her, and several unscrupulous poachers, as well as with many animals that are part of the area's ecological balance.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
To quote KLIATT's January 2000 review of the hardcover edition: Frightful's Mountain takes up the story of the peregrine falcon that Sam in the original book raised, with Sam and his friends characters in it, but with Frightful the main focus. So many things happen to the young falcon: she is captured by unscrupulous men who plan to sell her to falconers in the Middle East; she is rescued by Sam's sister Alice; she learns to hunt with a stray dog named Mole, who substitutes for Sam in flushing out small game; she is almost electrocuted by a utility wire; she mates and tries to raise her babies on a bridge undergoing repair, threatening all of them; she migrates to the Galapagos Islands one winter and returns in the spring to Sam on his mountain to raise a new nest of young. Craighead George introduces us to the perils raptor birds face, even in the Catskills and other remote areas. She shows, with the use of children in the story who become environmental activists, how her readers could help the endangered birds. She introduces us to "bad guys": poachers, and uncaring bureaucrats. And 40 years later, she tells us more about the boy she created whom we all admire, Sam, who lived in the wilderness and survived in the original story. She shares her knowledge of the natural world with her readers once again, supplementing the story with line drawings that help us envision Frightful's world. This is a wonderful animal story, for readers who are interested in environmental issues, and for those who love learning about other species. (sequel to My Side of the Mountain and On the Far Side of the Mountain) KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high schoolstudents. 1999, Penguin Putnam/Puffin, 260p, illus, 20cm, 99-32932, $5.99. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Claire Rosser; May 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 3)
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
When Sam Gribley learns that it is illegal for him to keep a Peregrine falcon, he releases Frightful to the wild. Since she was raised in captivity, she is even more vulnerable to the dangers of the environment. She faces threats from poachers and live wires. Just as her natural instincts for raising a family are beginning to appear, their lives are threatened by humans rebuilding a bridge. Sam is not alone is trying to save the falcons, and Jean Craighead George uses the names of real people who are working to make a safer environment for hawks. The reader will soar with Frightful as she flies around her Catskill Mountain region. George maintains her high standard of nature writing as she deftly weaves the natural and man-made dangers into the storyline. Her characterization of Frightful is so vivid, the reader truly cares for her. This, the third book in the trilogy that began with My Side of the Mountain, can be read independent of the other two.
VOYA
Sam Gribley raised his peregrine falcon, Frightful, from a nestling in My Side of the Mountain (1959) before the bird was stolen and then released into the wild in the sequel, On the Far Side of the Mountain (Dutton, 1990). This third book of the series continues Frightful's story as she makes her way back to Sam and learns to survive in the wild. Although the first two books were told from Sam's point of view, the third is narrated partly from Frightful's perspective in a fresh and interesting approach. When the bird encounters humans, and readers move away from her point of view, the story begins to deteriorate. The author attempts more than just telling the story, preaching against poachers, the perils of DDTstill used in the South where many birds of prey winterand the placement of power lines on utility poles. George also portrays several reallife characters in a way that brings attention to their work and that eulogizes them. Both the preaching and the praising detract from a worthy story. Fans of the earlier books will be delighted to continue Sam's and Frightful's adventures, but the story does not stand alone. George does not include enough background information to explain to readers new to the series who these characters are and how they came to be. VOYA CODES: 2Q 4P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 1999, Dutton, Ages 12 to 15, 176p, $15.99. Reviewer: Melissa Thacker
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-The star of this story is Frightful, the peregrine falcon featured in My Side of the Mountain (1988) and On the Far Side of the Mountain (1990, both Dutton). Her life now depends on breaking the imprinting bond she has formed with Sam Gribley and learning to live as a wild bird. Frightful's "human" and "bird" sides clash often at first-especially during the first winter when her pull to Sam overrides the migration instinct and she stays north, surviving only with human intervention. The following spring, she does mate and hatch her own chicks, but only with help from Sam, who keeps her calm during construction work on the bridge she has chosen as a nesting site. Finally, it becomes clear that nature will triumph. However, her bond to Sam will also remain. Readers of the previous books will recognize the characters and scenery, but it is Frightful who is the most fully realized character here. The humans serve more as backdrops and as a sometimes-preachy means of delivering various environmental messages. The writing is lyrical and the author's obvious love and respect for her subject comes through. Frightful's story is filled with excitement and adventure and young nature lovers should be enthralled by it. Fans of the earlier books will be the most likely audience, but it's certainly strong enough to be enjoyed on its own.-Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141312354
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 54,029
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Craighead George (1919–2012) was the author of more than 100 beloved books for young people, including the Newbery Award–winning Julie of the Wolves , the Newbery Honor–winning My Side of the MountainOn the Far Side of the Mountain, and Frightful's Mountain .  She was a lifetime naturalist and a household name. Her website can be found at www.jeancraigheadgeorge.com.

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Frightful, the peregrine falcon, could not see. A falconer's hood covered her head and eyes. She remained quiet and calm, like all daytime birds in the dark. She could hear, however. She listened to the wind whistling through the pine needles. The wind-music conjured up images of a strange woods and unkown flowers. The sound was foreign. It was not the soft song of wind humming through the hemlock needles of home.

Frightful was a long way from her familiar forest. Suddenly an all-invading passion filled her. She must go. She must find one mountain among thousands, one hemlock tree among millions, and the one boy who called himself Sam Gribley. The one mountain was her territory, the one tree was Sam's house, the perch beside it, her place. And Sam Gribley was life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2006

    wow

    i read all the series of my side of the mountain and i loved it! im still wondering if you would make a sequel because whoever reads the series will beg you for another sequel ty for writing it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    A Really Great Book!!!!!

    I think this was a great great great book! I recommend that everybody should read it even if you haven't read the first two books, My Side of the Mountain and On the Far Side of the Mountain. Frightful's Mountain will make you want to save every peregrine falcon on earth.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Worst book in the world I couldn't keep my attention for even 2

    Worst book in the world I couldn't keep my attention for even 2 seconds all it is is about a bird flying around doing nothing, absolutely nothing. I advise you to not read this book because you'll never reach the end of it 

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Sorry, I said hawks instead of falcon. I meant falcons. So anywa

    Sorry, I said hawks instead of falcon. I meant falcons. So anyway, this one was another good sequel. And the characters and especially the falcon are very interesting. Read the first book but long time ago and so had forgotten a little about it. But having re read and the sequels, the trilogy is pretty good.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

    Great Book

    This book is a great book telling the story of a boy who's best friend is his falcon, but he doesn't have a falconers license, so he has to let his falcon, Frightful, go. In the book, she goes to different places, emotions, and health. A must read for all ages. Wonderful literature.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    Falcon lover

    The falcon is my favorite animal so I was thrilled to read a story from the point of view of one. It picks up with Frightful from "My side of the Mountain, and follows her through the natural life of a falcon. You learn about her and other birds of pray in the story and how things that humans do can harm them. It was an enjoyable book and I recomend it to all animal loves who enjoyed Julie's wolf pack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2003

    Wonderful

    Frightful's Mountain was an awsome book it was fun to read and easy to follow.i would recommend it to any bird loveers like myself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Frightful's Mountain

    In this book Sam's falcon is in the woods, gets electricuted by a telephone pole, and then finds her way back to Sam. She nests on a bridge but it is under construction and some fake DNR people remove her to sell her illegaly. Sam comes and gets her back and the baby birds are saved. Then frightfull migrates south but gets lost. At the end of winter she finds her way back to Sam. The most significant point of this book was that frightful's memory of sam was not too great that she could not leave him and become a wild bird.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    For people who love birds

    A book that everyone should read! It has adventure and excitement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2002

    The book is abou a flocn who has to take care of her self.

    In the book a falcon has to live in the wild by its self .The falcon has to take care of another famly of falcons.It is difficult for the falcon to adapt to the change of what a real famly is like, but in the end everthing turns really good for the falcon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2002

    this is a great book

    Frightfuls Mountain is a great book once u start reading it u wont want to set it down frightfuls mountain has insoired me to become a falconer someday

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    Criaghead george does it agian

    This book is very describing of the hard ships of a bird. I read it in 3 days becuase i liked it so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    FRIGHTFUL'S MOUNTAIN

    The book starts of with an endangered and tamed peregrine falcon named Frightful. Well the falconeris to young to get a licence so the falconer, a boy named Sam Gribly tries to set frightful free. It will be very hard to set Frightful free because she is imprinted very, very hard on Sam. (By imprinted I mean being used to being fed and taught by a human) Will Sam ever set Frightful free, you must read the book to find out!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    Simply Wonderful

    The story is about a Peregrine Falcon called Frightful, trying to live her life as a wild falcon and to stay with her owner Sam Gribly. They live in the forest with mountains surrounding them. The story begins when she was a little falcon and Sam took her home with him and raised her. When she was older, she was taken away from sam by the Department of Forestry, because Sam did not have a license to have a Falcon in his home. Frightful flew away and tried to find Sam, but she was not able to. During the winter, stayed at a falcon school, when it was spring, she left, once again to try and find Sam. She found him and she also found a mate. When it was time to migrate, she went the wrong way, which made it harder to find her home. When she got home, she found another mate and had eyases (baby birds), but they were stolen. The two reasons that I enjoyed this book are, it was interesting and kept my attention, and I wanted to know what Frightful was going to decide, live in the wild or with Sam. I think you should read this book because it shows how hard it is for animals to live in the wild with people. I think the age group that would enjoy this book is eight and up.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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