My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)

My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)

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by Jean Craighead George

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Terribly unhappy in his family's crowded New York City apartment, Sam Gribley runs away to the solitude-and danger-of the mountains, where he finds a side of himself he never knew.  See more details below


Terribly unhappy in his family's crowded New York City apartment, Sam Gribley runs away to the solitude-and danger-of the mountains, where he finds a side of himself he never knew.

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Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
Young Sam Gribley lives a comfortable life in New York City. But tired of urban living, he, with his parents' knowledge, runs away to the Catskills Mountains, determined to live on the site of his great-grandparents' old homestead. Leaving the city with few possessions, he sets off on the adventure of a lifetime. His initial nights on the mountain prove difficult as he struggles to stay warm and find food. Eventually, Sam adjusts, learns much about himself and becomes a true backwoodsman, eating off the land, making deerskin clothes, hollowing out the base of a large tree to live in and becoming part of the wilderness environment. He steals a baby peregrine falcon from its nest and adopts the bird he names Frightful. They become inseparable as Frightful helps his new 'parent' hunt for food. This is a richly detailed book, filled with tales about living off the land. Nonetheless, it requires much suspension of disbelief concerning Sam's impressive, albeit somewhat implausible, ability to survive alone in the wilderness and his parents' willingness to let him do so. Still, this award-winning book has much to appeal to young readers searching for literary adventures. 1991 (Orig.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Puffin Modern Classics Series
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5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
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8 - 12 Years

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My Side of the Mountain 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 191 reviews.
Katie741 More than 1 year ago
My side of the Mountain was an awesome story!!!! I enjoyed every part of it!! My Side of the Mountain was a really nice story to read. It kept me up soooo late! I am a ten year old and this was one of my favorite reading books this whole summer!! I recommend it for anyone that loves the outdoors!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is good for kids who love adventure, the idea of camping out in the woods, or enjoy books like “Julie of the Wolves,” “Dragonwings,” or “The Sign of the Beaver.” This book, I like because it is about a kid, around my age, who goes and lives in the woods,  which I could only dream of doing. I get to know a few things about creating objects to help live in the woods, like making a fishing hook , or knowing what an edible plant like dog tooth violets looks like.  -Kris Wolvenpads
Sk8rboi More than 1 year ago
The book I read is called ¿My Side of the Mountain¿. The main conflict of this book is that the main character, Sam, runs away from home to live off his family¿s old farm. He ran away to live off the land independent from society. When he gets there he has to learn to catch his own food, make fires and live in the woods, things a city boy knows nothing of. After he starts to get the hang of living off the land, he begins to get some publicity. Local papers tell of a ¿Wild boy¿ living in the woods with his pet falcon. He also has a falcon named Frightful that he raised from a chick. This poses a problem because, now he has to be careful to make sure no one sees him. Those are some conflicts of the story.
I like this story because it¿s told from the main characters point of view, and it includes all of his feelings and encounters. I also like how the author uses a journal format. It makes the reader feel like you are the main character at some times. When Sam gets really lonely I feel his sadness. When he caught his first deer I felt excited for him. In my opinion there are no bad parts of this book. thats my review.
KAINLLBEAD More than 1 year ago
The book My Side Of The Mountain is a very good and exciting book. It has components from Challenging, Excitement, and it uses alot of Imagery and Similes. Some examples of imagery is when Sam says, "mmm do you smell that, it smells like sweet cotton candy and chocolate pretzels and steaming hot popcorn" and some examples of Similes are, " Im as hungry as a momma bear". This book is with out a doubt my all time FAVORITE book, i've read it since i was 11 and i would still give it two thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the theme in this book is being independent, finding your independence. The setting is a main part for him finding his own independence and having to rely on himself. I also think learning to help other so becoming a helping hand is part of the lesson. He has to make everything himself so he is a handy worker. I really think one other thing that they bring into this book is friendship, he really becomes at one with nature and finds some friends on his way of his big journey. One way friendship comes to hand is meeting the man in the woods when he came to his camp site. I also think a big one is when he got Frightful, they became really close. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George was very good and very appealing to me because I enjoy similar things that go on in the book. I enjoy being out in the woods. The book made me think of the same things I enjoy doing while I'm in the woods. The story is based on a boy living on his own in the woods and becoming very familiar with his surroundings. This book is one of my favorite books, and I would recommend it to all my friends ages 10+.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Remembered in middle school, this was on the book shelf in one of the classrooms. This was a good, sort of remember this one, type of read. Faintly remembered the cover.
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this is such a strange, but strangely beautiful book. When you read it you feel you are inside this world, inside the tree, inside the winter. I think the book has a very peculiar ending but while you are making the journey it is wonderful. 
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This book absolutely captivated my imaginative, animal loving 9 year old son. It provided a departure from modern life; computers, video games, etc and cultivated a curiosity to discover nature, to be self sufficient and independent. Wonderful.
Cody_Brett More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a very good book. I would recommend that you read this book because it keeps your attention and it also teaches you how to make some of the things from the book. I think this book would be good for a young reader because they could relate to him. I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I read it in two days!! You should also try to build some of the things Sam builds in the book like the rabbit trap and also the fish hooks! I had alot of fun with my dad building these things!
Skyemberr More than 1 year ago
I Loved, loved, LOVED this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Side of the Mountain was an overall good book. It is the story of Sam Gribley, who runs away from New York City to the Catskill Mountains. There he lives for a year, alone in the wilderness. Sam Gribley’s parents had full notice that he was running away. They had many kids and did not care about Sam. It took me a while to get hooked, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading it. It was an intriguing realistic fiction with a flabbergasting finish. This book taught many skills on how to survive on your own. With that said, there were some useless sentences throughout the book, but My Side of the Mountain showed how hard it is to live on your own for one whole year. I recommend this book for people who like the outside world and adventure.
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LCinTX More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this book to my sons at bedtime. They are 10 and 12 and love it. We love to camp and hike and this book with its wonderful descriptions of animals and wilderness and wholesome adventures has been a great read. It is adventuresome and calming at the same time so it is nice to read aloud before bed.
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Isaac_McNulty More than 1 year ago
As I was reading this book, its idea of living in the woods amazed me. The way Sam lived in his tree and made his clothing, food, and supplies completely from nature was truly astonishing. I think the climax of this book is was when Sam did not want to be heard from by any reporters, but then in some ways, he did. Sam's problem was resolved by his parents and family who decided to come live with him. The only down side to this resolution is that Sam's mother decided that they were going to build a house and live a normal life. Sam was upset about this because he wanted to truly live wild. -Isaac McNulty
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Bill_GatesMG More than 1 year ago
this is a great book. it will surprise you to the end. it really effected my out look on nature.
Outdoorfan More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for all lovers of the outdoors such as myself. I read it when i was young and have just reread it and loved it as much as I did then. Also, check out: The Wild Adventures of Eli Johnson and Curly Bill for another exciting outdoor adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Myside of the mountian is a great book. I read this book in reading groups and my teacher says that before she read it her friend told her it is great and now because I read it I am recamending it to you. Read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Side Of The Mountain My Side Of The Mountain was a very interesting fictional novel by Jean Craighead George. This book was set on a mountain farm called the Gribley farm. My Side Of The Mountain was about a boy named Sam Gribley who lived in the city and absolutely hated it. While living in the city, he lived in an apartment with his mom, dad, and his eight brothers and sisters. He hated being so crowded and had always wanted to run away. One day, he did. He ran away to his grandfather's farm on the mountain and he loved it. Well most of it. He stayed on the mountain through the glorious days of summer and through the vicious, cold days of winter. Although Sam missed his friends and family from the city, he did make some friends on the mountain. He captured a hunting bird named Frightful who made his life a lot easier. Frightful did because with both of them hunting, they eventually had a great surplus of food for the winter. He also met a weasel and named it Baron. While up on the mountain, a few human visitors came to visit him too. One of the visitors was Sam's father. Sam's father visited him to tell him all that had been happening in the city. A few other people that visited were not the best guests to have because they were trying to get him to leave the mountain, which is something he did not want to do. My Side Of The Mountain contained many positives and negatives. One positive involved Sam being kept from all of the other people from the city at the mountain. This was a great thing because Sam did not want anyone to know that he lived on the mountain. He was afraid that if people knew that he lived on the mountain, they would want to come live with him there and that is not what he wanted to happen. He wanted to be the only human to live on the mountain, because the reason that he left the city was that he didn't like all the people. To have them all come to the mountain he ran away to would not be a very good thing. He also didn't want people to know that he lived there because he knew that they would try to motivate him to come back to the city. Another positive about the novel was that Frightful, his bird, was there to help him get food. If Frightful weren't there, living at the mountain would be a much harder task. One more positive about this novel was that Sam's family missed him so much and he didn't want to come back to the city to live with them, although he missed them a lot too, so they just came to live with him on the mountain. There were also some negatives about this book. One negative was that the news reporters found out about Sam living at the mountain and came to see him. Sam did not want this to happen because he didn't want anyone to know that he lived at the mountain by himself because he thought that they would want to come live with him there and that would not be a good thing in Sam's case. Another negative about this book was when he got stuck in his tree house because of the ice sealing him inside of the tree. The bad thing about this was that Sam needed to get food all the time or else he could starve, which would not be a good thing for him. One last thing that was not a good thing that happened in this book was when his whole family came to live with him. He loved the fact that they wanted to live with him on the mountain, but he didn't want them to build a house there. He wanted all of them to live in trees like he had been doing since he arrived on the mountain. As you can see, Sam had