My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)

My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)

by Jean Craighead George


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ISBN-13: 9780142401118
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/12/2004
Series: My Side of the Mountain Trilogy Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 108,499
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jean Craighead George (1919–2012) was the author of more than 100 beloved books for young people, including the Newbery Medal–winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor–winning My Side of the Mountain. She was a lifetime naturalist and was beloved by generations of nature-loving children. Two of her children, Craig and Twig, helped complete her last novel.

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My Side of the Mountain 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 202 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.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This 1960 Newbery Honor book is also an American Library Association notable book. Chronicling the adventures of 13 year old Sam Gribley who left home to brave the wild in the Catskill mountains of New York. If you can dispel your parental questions of how in the world a young man can leave home and not be hounded down by his distraught parents, then this book will be a gem for you.Sam fulfills the dream of young and old alike who long to escape the madness of society and live like Henry David Thoreau with nature as your only companion.Living for a year in the forest, Sam is totally self sustaining.The author notes that publishers originally rejected her book for fear it would encourage young adults to run away from home.
PamelaDLloyd on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I loved this book as a child, as did my sons, particularly my youngest, who had trouble learning to read. I think this book was the first that ever made him excited about reading.
DebbieMcCauley on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Sam runs off into the wild and must survive in the great outdoors. Excellent!
jakdomin on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This novel will enter children into a world of adventure and the outdoors attracting them by the idea of living alone in the wilderness, and if they too could survive. This book may be more appealing to boys, but girls should love it just as much. Jean Craighead George makes use of common vocabulary in uncommon ways, which can be used in a lesson for personification, ¿the wind drained down from the mountaintop.¿ An activity to accompany this lesson would be to pick out one or more of these literary phrases and then draw a picture depicting what he/she imagines this means.
Oreillynsf on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Absolutely my favorite book of childhood. I truly believe every child should read this to get an appreciation for nature, animals, and the tremendous resources all of us can call upon to do what is necessary. I recently reread it as an adult and was just as amazed at how such simple prose can be so profound.The story of a boy who runs away from a comfortable life to live off the land in rural New York State.
mazeway on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Classic. I loved it more with each time I read it. As a child, it made me wish I could run away and live in a hemlock tree. As an adult, reading to my children, I secretly hope they want to run away and live in a hemlock tree (but am relieved when they dont'). A near-perfect book.
jubjub_luver1 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I really loved this book! It was a great view of nature and it was a interesting survival story.
ASBiskey on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I decided to reread this after many years. It is still a magnificent piece of literature. The pace of the story is a bit eratic, but fits well with the voice of the narrator and never hinders the plot. The story is thought provoking, and the end is still somewhat anti-climatic, but this is still a classic that I would recommend to readers of any age.
stipe168 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
classic, great for boys, and apparently girls like it too. if you're a kid that wants to run away to the mountains, forest, etc. and fend for yourself and survive, here's the dreamer's guide to doing it.
catz on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I like survival storys and this is kind of like a survival story. It's really cool how in the story he makes his house in a tree and he catches his own food and how he makes friends with animals.I think Jean did a really great job with this book.
jayceebee on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Sam Gribley is my hero! As a kid, I dreamed of living in a hollowed-out tree just like him!
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!