On the Far Side of the Mountain

On the Far Side of the Mountain

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by Jean Craighead George
     
 

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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 Alice, hoping to

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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 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

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525463481
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
417,441
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Craighead George was the preeminent nature writer for children. She is the author of My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves, and her work spanned 50 years. She died in May 2012 at age 93.

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On the Far Side of the Mountain 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in battle of the books and this book is in it. I was wondering if any of you would help me understand the characters a bit more?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN By: Jean Craighead George So I am in Battle of the books and before I read this book, read a few summaries and I was expecting a lot out of it. Once I finished, my expectations were fulfilled. It is a book that deserves a chance to be in the battle of the books. Well, this story takes place in the Catskill mountains and Sam and Alice Gribley decide to move there to live in the mountains. They advance a lot with the technology until Sam’s bird is taken away and then Alice disappears. Bando and Sam go looking for Alice and Crystal, her pig and hoping to find the bird as well. I enjoyed this book because it was well worded and that this book was a sequel. But  you don’t even need to read the first one and I didn’t. So if you are into adventure mystery, than this is the book for you. I would recommend this book for ages 9-13. This story deserves a five star rating. An amazing page turning adventure for kids 9-13!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Good children's book which is a sequel to the first book. Who doesn't love hawks?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just as good as the 1st
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A GOOD BOOK TO READ THEN YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.