On the Far Side of the Mountain

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Two years ago, Sam ran away from New York City to live in the Catskill Mountains. Now his younger sister Alice has joined him and is quietly living in a tree house of her own nearby. Their peaceful life is shattered when a conservation officer confiscates Sam's falcon, Frightful, and Alice suddenly vanishes. Sam leaves his home to search for...
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Overview

Two years ago, Sam ran away from New York City to live in the Catskill Mountains. Now his younger sister Alice has joined him and is quietly living in a tree house of her own nearby. Their peaceful life is shattered when a conservation officer confiscates Sam's falcon, Frightful, and Alice suddenly vanishes. Sam leaves his home to search for Alice, hoping to find Frightful, too. But the trail to the far side of the mountain may lead Sam into great danger.

"Surpasses the original in style and substance . . . This story [is] a jewel."
-Booklist

"George has outdone herself here."
-Kirkus Reviews

Sam's peaceful existence in his wilderness home is disrupted when his sister runs away and his pet falcon is confiscated by a conservation officer.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of My Side of the Mountain will be delighted to find that Sam Gribley still lives in a hollow tree with Frightful, his faithful falcon. Sam has neighbors now: his sister Alice lives in a nearby treehouse and his old friend Bando has bought a nearby cabin. Sam's summer plans are disrupted when a conservation officer accuses him of harboring an endangered species and confiscates Frightful. Sam is so devastated by the loss of his companion that several days pass before he realizes that Alice has left home. Setting out to track his sister down, Sam crosses paths with a band of falcon smugglers and is given the chance to take back Frightful for his own. Faced with a difficult decision, Sam chooses wisely and the story ends on a satisfying note, full of hope for the future. Since nature has become chic in the years since Sam's first adventures were published, sophisticated readers will enjoy the author's wry references to the new fashion for Adirondack furniture and her description of an eatery that specializes in gourmet wild foods. Filled with accurate details (it is possible to trace Sam's journey on a map), likeable characters and plenty of backwoods lore, this sequel is worthy of its predecessor. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
Sam Gribley has spent two years away from his parents' home in New York City, living the wilderness life in the Catskills Mountains. In this sequel to My Side of the Mountain, Sam is joined by his younger sister Alice as full-time backwoods residents. Sam's homestead is now quite developed, with a tree house for Alice, a mill and an irrigation system. Their idyllic life changes when Sam's pet falcon, an endangered species, is confiscated by the local conservation officer. Devastated by this loss, Sam is further discomfited when Alice goes off on her own adventure accompanied by a pig whom she has adopted. Worried about her welfare, Sam sets off to find Alice with his friend Bando, a college professor who met and befriended Sam in his first year on the mountain. They depart Sam's homestead and track Alice across unknown wilderness. This well-textured story with finely detailed characters takes the reader on new adventures. Upon finding Alice, Sam gains a new affection for her after learning the reason for her cross-mountain trek. He also learns about the preciousness of wildlife and endangered species, discovering that they are best appreciated and protected as wild animals not pets. 1991 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- More than 30 years later, the story of Sam Gribley is resumed shortly after it ended in My Side of the Mountain (Dutton, 1988) . When Frightful, the falcon, is confiscated and Sam's sister Alice disappears, Sam and his friend Bando look for her. In their search, they uncover a ring of illegal falcon dealers and come to terms with their limits and responsibilities as individual humans within the larger society of all mountain dwellers. Using a straightforward, first-person narrative and journal entries, George effectively evokes the natural setting with which she is obviously familiar. She also takes great care to describe the devices Sam and Alice construct to make their serene yet rugged life easier. These contraptions are complicated, but are clarified by black-and-white sketches. Sam remains the focus of the novel, but characters are abundant in contrast to his earlier solitary lifestyle. Unfortunately, they play mainly as a catalyst for Sam's actions and development. While their presence injects a note of reality, it also underscores the incredibility of the story, for the more contact Sam has with civilization, the more remarkable his living situation becomes. The plot is considerably more complicated than in the first book, and current issues are raised, but the timelessness of theme and setting is carried over from the original. The contrivance of the black-market bird dealer may serve as a device to engage readers' interest, but the strength of the story lies in Sam's personal observations and growth. This volume can be enjoyed without the background laid in the first book, and it will inspire many readers to investigate the beginning of Sam's story. --Starr LaTronica, North Berkeley Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141312415
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 59,834
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

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    Good children's book which is a sequel to the first book. Who do

    Good children's book which is a sequel to the first book. Who doesn't love hawks?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    An excellent book for reluctant readers and a great book for gif

    An excellent book for reluctant readers and a great book for gifted students who want to explore the many techniques used by Sam in the wilderness. My sixth grade students love this book and seek out the final book in the trilogy. Jean C. George paints a vivid picture of adventure, suspense and love. My students love this book and learn a great deal about resourcefulness and life in the wilderness. A classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    a reviewer

    this book was about a fourteen year old boy who tries to live off the land. it inspired me and i really would like to try it. it was outstanding

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    LOVED IT!

    On The Far Side of The Mountain is the sequel to the book, My Side of The Mountain. My side of the mountain is mainly when Sam moves to the Catskills and tries to adapt, the things in this book are easy to read, even if you haven't read the first book. The first book is about him trying to adapt to his new home, and about the first few years on the mountain. The first book is about how he survives, learns to get food, and how he gets Frightful, his bird. I really enjoyed reading On The Far Side of The Mountain. It is an exciting book about a boy who learns to survive in the wilderness. If you like reading about survival, then you will love this book. This book is about a boy who has been living on the mountain for two years now. His sister Alice lives in a tree house that is near Sam's tree. The book gets exciting when a conservation officer confiscates Frightful, which is Sam's bird, which helps him get his food. Sam goes on a hunt to find Alice, and searches the Catskills to try and find her. Will he find Alice? Or will something happen to him on his trek through the Catskills. I would recommend this book to someone who likes outdoor scenes, and likes to see how people can live off the land, and do everything themselves. Its also more enjoyable if you can continue reading when something sad happens, because there are a few scenes where sad things do happen. It also has quite a bit of suspense, where Sam thinks hes found where Alice is... but it turns out she's already left.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

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    Sam Gribly is a 14 year old boy.He lives with his peregrine falcon Frightful and his sister Alice who lived with him for about 6 months in a big hemlock tree. One day a conservation officer saw Sam with Frightful and had to take her.Later on in the fall Alice decides to leave with her pig Crystal.Sam and Bando(Sam's friend)decides to follow them.This book makes you think about working together to achieve goals.I enjoyed this book because I like the outdoors and it reminds me of it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is full of suspence but in the end, it is least expected that something amazing will happen. Read the book to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2005

    What a good Book

    This was a very interesting book. It shows how much Sam really cares for Alice and how much Bando and Zella care for them too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2004

    SO UNAUTHENTIC!

    Ever heard of authenticy? George gives this story no spice and alot of unreal material; I hope i never read this book again. This book was supposed to be ver ygood; I expected much out of it after reading My Side of The Mountain. A complete disappointmeny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    Read this book

    This book is just as good as the 1st

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2001

    You thought the first one was good.

    On the Far side of the Mountain countinues the story were My Side of the Mountain left off. It makes you think of working together and what it is to love you family no matter what they do. It also shows that you can't hold on to something forever even if it has changed your life Sam as portraed shows how a boy became a man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2000

    ISAAC BURNS JAN 19 2000

    IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A GOOD BOOK TO READ THEN YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    Adventure book for all ages

    Sam Gribley, age 14 and his peregrine falcon, Frightful have been living in a hemlock tree for two years. His sister, Alice also has been living with him for about six months. One day a conservation officer climbs up the Catskill Mountain where Sam's house is. The officer confiscates Frightful. In the fall, Alice decides to leave Sam's mountain with her pig named Crystal. Sam and his friend Bando are curious of Alice's sudden departure. They come to a conclusion that they should follow Alice and Crystal. Sam and Bando may have a rough road ahead of them.

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