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Yellow Eyes

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  98 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Far back in the wildest of the mountain country hides Yellow Eyes, the great mountain lion, the most cunning and powerful of his hunted kind. Beautiful and cruel, like all big cats, Yellow Eyes and his mate, The Golden One, are tawny shadows lurking in the forest. Rutherford Montgomery is known for his honesty in the portrayal of animal life. In his stories animals are ani ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published May 1st 1937 by Caxton Press
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Mel Campbell
In grade four I was seated at a desk at the very back of the room, next to a little bookshelf. I seem to remember being frequently bored in class, having done my work quickly, and so I'd get books from the shelf and surreptitiously read them at my desk – if I kept the book on my lap Miss Perry couldn't tell my bowed head from the other kids'.

This was one of the books I read that way, and other Goodreads reviews seem to suggest that other people discovered it at around the same age I did. I'm su
Dec 26, 2009 Phair rated it liked it
Found my diary from 1962 with a list of books read complete with ratings. Alas, no comments. This one was from the paperback series that you could buy through school. We got a catalog to pick from & ordered the books- probably for a whopping 35 to 50 cents each. Still have a few around someplace. I was on a real kick reading animal stories- this was about a mountain lion.
Apr 27, 2012 Tagra rated it it was amazing
My absolute favourite book as a kid. I was obsessed with cougars for years afterwards. I rescued a copy of it off the back shelf of my elementary school because they said they were going to toss anything left at the end of the year to prepare for renovations. Copies of this seem hard to come by, so I'm glad I did.
Oct 20, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
A favorite book from my childhood. I discovered it the way many reviewers seem to have; tucked away on a teachers' classroom bookshelf in fourth grade. I loved this story about a cougar struggling with nature and man (and hunting dogs!) to survive and raise a family. With my teachers' permission kept it and sadly loaned it to a friend in high school who must have liked it too because she never gave it back. I recently bought a copy on Amazon and it arrived today. As good as I remembered? Even be ...more
Leslie Patten
Dec 07, 2014 Leslie Patten rated it it was amazing
Rutherford Montgomery writes fabulous young adult novels about wildlife. This man knew wildlife from keen observation and incorporates his knowledge into readable and interesting books. He was hired by Disney in the 50's to advise on nature films even.

I've read most all of his in-and out-of-print wildlife novels and I think 'Yellow Eyes' is the best, along with 'Cacajou', his first novel about wolverines.

Yellow Eyes is about a cougar, and Indian trapper who is the human here, and a lion hunter.
Teresa Thompson Arcangel
"Yellow Eyes" is among my favorite books that I read when I was in elementary school. I read it many times, and treasured it so much that I still have my copy more than 45 years later. Highly recommended!
Apr 08, 2016 Bill rated it it was amazing
A very well written, realistic and often brutal story of a cougar trying to live in the wild. But he has trouble when man pushes into his 1930s wilderness.
Mike Figat
Apr 08, 2013 Mike Figat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sherwood-forest
This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I read this book over and over. I was taken by the story. He lives a life where so much is difficult, yet he prevails. One regret I may have in my own life is that I did not take his example to heart... not yet anyway.
Oct 05, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
I read this book as a child and it has stuck with me though the years. I haven't had much luck finding a copy of it to re-read, but once I do I am going to purchace it! I love animals and in particular cats especially the cougar :D
Aug 20, 2008 Russ rated it it was amazing
One of the few books from my childhood that I still think about on a regular basis, this book shaped my early love of animal and my views on wildlife preservation. I hope to pick up a copy and pass it on to my grandchildren.
Dave Fordice
Jul 28, 2012 Dave Fordice rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites as a kid. After reading this, I would go to the local museum in the town where I grew up and just stare at the cougar and panther they had on display.
Stephanie A.
Nov 24, 2014 Stephanie A. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, vintage, wildlife
Classic old-timey wildlife novel about a cougar's life (albeit very violent. Prey animals, cougars and hunting dogs alike getting ripped to shreds all over the place).
Aug 14, 2009 Antone added it
I've read this book countless times over the years it was one of the first books I read!
Oct 02, 2008 Kevin rated it really liked it
i rated this book in the mindset of my eleven year-old self. i loved this book!
Jan 09, 2011 Bob rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Rutherford Montgomery's books. I guess I read it while in about 5th grade.
Oct 15, 2012 Doug rated it it was amazing
Something about the elusive nature of these/this big cat(s). Great fiction as a kid
Feb 01, 2008 John rated it really liked it
My favorite fourth grade book.
Nov 01, 2011 Ariela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-fiction
I absolutely love this book!
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