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On the Far Side of the Mountain (Mountain #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,283 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 21st 2001 by Puffin Books (first published April 30th 1990)
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Ollie M.
Oct 06, 2014 Ollie M. rated it it was amazing
On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, is about a teenage boy that goes off into the woods and lives a life away from modern civilization. In this book Sam’s sister joins him in the wild. Alice builds a tree house then she runs away from her brother. Sam uses his resources to hopefully find her. All and all, this book is a great about survival in the woods and to me has a classic style.
Ripken
Sep 25, 2015 Ripken rated it it was amazing
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Trevor Wetzel
Jan 09, 2014 Trevor Wetzel rated it really liked it
“On the Far Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George, is about a teenage boy, Sam Gribley, who lives in the wilderness with his sister, Alice. Sam and Alice live their everyday lives hunting, gathering and building structures to keep their lives livable. But, one day Sam can not find Alice anywhere and eventually finds a clue from her showing which way she has gone. Sam meets up with his friend, Bando, and the two venture off in search of Alice. Sam and Bando find many more of Alice’s clue ...more
Blake
Mar 24, 2015 Blake added it


“On the Far Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George, is one of my most favorite outdoor/survival books. It shows and teaches good lessons and tricks to know while in the woods or if anyone would get stuck in one.


The book is about a teenage boy named Sam who lives in the wilderness with his sister, Alice. The both of them spend everyday hunting and basically everything they need to survive. One day Sam could not find Alice anywhere and eventually finds a clue from her showing which way sh
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Brock
Aug 06, 2015 Brock rated it it was ok
Shelves: 02_fiction
I know I'm not the age demographic for this novel but the title could have been "They went for a hike and nothing bad happened."
LG
Dec 01, 2014 LG rated it it was ok
You know you’re a city girl when this book, written by an acclaimed author, fails to spark your imagination. I dimly recall her Newberry winner Julie of the Wolves from my adolescence, but I haven’t read the first in this series, the multiply awarded My Side of the Mountain, and most likely won’t unless, like this one, I have to read it for work.

Not only am I unpiqued by the wilderness setting, but the characterization is flat and the plot barely existent. There didn’t seem to be any point to th
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Simon
Jan 12, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good intersting adventure outdoors book. I liked it a lot better than the first book, "My Side of the Mountain". Sam lives in the wilderness and built everthing himself, furniture and his house, and in this book Sam's sister, Alice, comes to live with him. Alice built a tree house to live in and builds furniture, but then she ran away. She really likes waterfalls, could she be headed for one? Meanwill Sam's falcon get confiscated. Will Sam find Alice and his falcon or will he g ...more
Ryne Steinacker
Jan 22, 2016 Ryne Steinacker rated it really liked it
My Side of the Mountain is one of the first novels I remember reading by myself. I have fond memories of getting it from a Bookmobile. This novel is a worthy successor.

Sam's descriptions and drawings of survival techniques, contraptions, and flora in his journal are fascinating. The characters talk a little oddly (most of them at some point will each provide near-encyclopedic moments of exposition), for example (not a real passage): "Oh, the Siscawamee Passage? It was settled by the Okeechokee t
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Tarma
Dec 27, 2015 Tarma rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm about 4/5 of the way through but I've given up struggling through. As a disclaimer, I didn't read this book until well into adulthood, however, I don't believe I would have enjoyed it even as a child.

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Jennifer Margulis
Jan 22, 2015 Jennifer Margulis rated it really liked it
The sequel to My Side of the Mountain, this book is part scavenger hunt, part survival manual, and part mystery. It begins with a heartbreak: Sam Gribley's beloved falcon, Frightful, is confiscated by the conservation officer. But when Sam thinks about it afterwards, he realizes the officer did not show him any identification. He decides to walk to town to investigate. Though everything checks out, when Sam returns to his mountain he finds that his little sister--an opinionated waterfall-loving ...more
Thomas Fitzgerald
Nov 01, 2015 Thomas Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
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In the book On the Far Side of the Mountain by, Jean Craighead George. There is a boy who moved to the Catskill Mountains about a year ago, where he had lived in a 6x6 hollow tree. His family tried to move there but there was no money there because they could not farm, So the family moved back to New York city except Sam’s 13 year old sister “Alice”, who now lives with Sam. Sam also has a Falcon named Frightful who gets confiscated by a conservation officer, who tries to do somet
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Adaline Griffiths
Sep 29, 2015 Adaline Griffiths rated it really liked it
The book "On the Far Side of the Mountain" is the sequel to My Side of the Mountain. In the first book Sam Gribley runs away to his grandfather's land in the wilderness. At the end of the story the whole Gribley family moves up there and builds a house to be near Sam. On the Far Side of the Mountain, the family must decide to move back to the city, because the soil is poor and they have no way to make a living. Sam decides to stay along with his younger sister Alice, who lives in her own tree ho ...more
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Jan 15, 2016 24611 rated it really liked it
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Todd
Sep 08, 2015 Todd added it
On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean George is one of my most favorite books because it's a wilderness book. This book is the second book of the series. This book his family is trying to farm on the land but cannot and give up. They leave the farm and leave his sister, Alice, behind. She runs away, and Sam Gilberly and Brando go and try to find her.

This is a very treacherous journey. They go from town to town, trying to follow Alice's clues like notes, stones (meaning change of path) or chan
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Heather
Mar 12, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
Finished reading this to my 10 yr. old son and enjoyed it as much as the first book, My Side of the Mountain. In this book Sam's sister, Alice, has come to live with him on his mountain. She is a bright, adventurous, and very independent girl and Sam is somewhat ambivalent about having her around. However, when Alice takes off on her own, Sam tracks her across the mountain. He claims to be doing this just to see if he can follow her tracks, but as the story goes along we can see that he is real ...more
Bonny
Jun 25, 2015 Bonny rated it it was ok
Maybe I should not have read this as an adult, but everything that made My Side of the Mountain enjoyable was lacking in the sequel On the Far Side of the Mountain. It consists mainly of Sam rereading many of his old journal entries, the confiscation of his peregrine falcon, Frightful, and far too much of Sam's annoyingly needy sister, Alice. She chose to live with Sam in the wilderness, but then made endless demands of him (“Build me a treehouse!” “I want rabbit skins on my floor!”) before she ...more
Adrian anonuevo
Sep 05, 2015 Adrian anonuevo rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a very good sequel to My Side of the Mountain because it had survival in it but this one also had some story line instead of pure survival. I personally loved the book/series for its simplicity. I would recommend anyone who likes survival stories. I think this book is realistic fiction. This book has many elements from the last book plus some more new ones like Sams sister for example. I have already read My Side of the Mountain and I am planning on reading Frightful's Mo ...more
Alana
There was a lot to love. Loved the adventure to follow clues and save the damsel in distress who wasn't really helpless or in distress but an interesting character, herself. Plot twists were not obvious to me, but believable because the groundwork was laid. I loved his walk in the dark at the end, bats "swinging" overhead. Reminded me of the nuthatches "yanking" in the first book. So many verbs for individual species. Alice in my mind looked like Kelly Cochran's daughter Kathleen, who was just a ...more
Zack
Mar 20, 2015 Zack rated it it was amazing
On the Far Side of the Mountain is about a 13 old boy named Sam Gribly who is looking for his sister in the Catskills. Sam is also looking for his falcon, Frightful, who was stolen by illegal falconers. I love this book because it shows that people can change their minds for their loved ones' happiness. I learned many facts but my favorite is that there is a type of edible nut, Groundnut, that grows on the roots of a plant. (The book also contains sketches of wild plants that can be eaten, which ...more
Samuel Huelsman
Dec 17, 2014 Samuel Huelsman rated it really liked it
I rated this book a four because it was a very easy read and was a very entertaining book that made u want to read on even when u ended a chapter. On the Far side of the Mountain is about a teenage boy Sam Gribley who lives in the wilderness with his sister Alice. Sam and Frightful hunt each day to supply food for them and Sam's sister Alice to survive. Alice one day goes missing but leaves Sam clues to find her. Sam goes down the road to get his friend Bando and the two are off in search of Ali ...more
Alan
Aug 08, 2014 Alan rated it really liked it
I like to revisit books by Jeanne Craighead George because they always take me on an outdoor adventure. This sequel to the classic YAL book, My side of the mountain, begins with Sam and his sister living off the land on a mountain near Albany, New York. They learn how to build a small dam on a creek to harness the energy for grinding nuts into flour and sawing logs into firewood. Sam's sister, Alice, decides to journey to another mountain and leaves clues for Sam to follow her and the adventure ...more
Elliott
Jan 10, 2016 Elliott rated it really liked it
The main character is Sam, and he and his sister, Alice, live on a mountain in the Catskill Mountains in New York state. Alice lives in her own tree house and Sam’s home is a huge, six feet in diameter, hemlock tree that he hollowed out. They had many projects going on throughout the story. Alice even wanted Sam to help/do some projects for her. Alice complains to Sam that she wants electricity on their mountain because it would make life easier for them and therefore have more homely items in t ...more
Patti
Jul 17, 2013 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely enjoyed meeting Sam Gribley and his remarkable falcon, Frightful, in “My Side of the Mountain”, and therefore had no problem immediately picking up it’s sequel, “On the Far Side of the Mountain”. It is the second in Jean Craighead George’s mountain trilogy.

I think I liked “On the Far Side…” even better than the first - 4 1/2 stars from me! I was drawn in immediately as Sam described what they had learned and built in their wilderness home. (I think I could almost spend a night ther
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Haley
Jan 16, 2010 Haley rated it liked it
Sam Gribley's wish to live off the land and his joy in the solitude of the Catskill Mountains is interrupted when his little sister, Alice, stays with him after his family visits during the summer. Sam's world is turned upside-down even more when a man who claims to be a government official confiscates his falcon and hunting partner, Frightful. Before long, Alice also disappears, leaving strange markers which point out her trail. Sam has to find Alice and in doing so, discovers strange informat ...more
Hazel
Aug 13, 2012 Hazel rated it really liked it
In my review of the first book in this trilogy (My side of the Mountain) I mentioned that I struggled with the fact that parents would let their 17 year old son run away and live in the wilderness, so when this book started with them then letting their 14 year old daughter do the same, I very nearly just gave up before I had even started. I decided to read on just to see where it was going.

Putting this issue aside it was a lovely little book that will be loved by 10 to 13 year olds. Even adults
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Ravi Gopinathan
Mar 26, 2014 Ravi Gopinathan rated it it was amazing
I think this is a book with a really good setting- a kid born to a family that lives in the wilderness - and the kid has a erigine falcon that is named Fright. On the Far Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #2)On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I think this is a book with a really good setting- a kid born to a family that lives in the wilderness - and the kid has a erigine falcon that is named Fright. I like the setting of the book so far(I'm on the 5th page).



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J.D.
Jun 22, 2013 J.D. rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
From the back cover of "On Far Side of the Mountain" we read:

"Two years after Sam Gribley first ran away to live off the land, he is still on his own with his falcon, Frightful. His independent younger sister, Alice, lives in a treehouse of her own nearby. But suddenly, Sam's peaceful life is shattered. Frightful is confiscated by a conservation officer, and Alice disappears. To find them, Sam must leave his mountain refuge and track Alice across the Catskills as only he can do. The trail to the
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Allison
Jul 14, 2011 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9+
Recommended to Allison by: My 6th Grader's 2011 Summer Reading List
Oh, I loved this book - really. I have spent time in the mountains and time in rural areas and miss it a great deal now that I live in a metropolitan area. I fantasize about living in a similar way that Sam and Alice live in this book. It is a sequel to My Side of the Mountain and now I want to read it as well. The author also wrote Julie of the Wolves which I loved as a child.

This is a great story of determination and about the appreciation and conservation of nature. The narrative discusses th
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Gale
Mar 30, 2013 Gale rated it liked it
Shelves: survival
“The Price of Freedom”

This sequel to MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN takes up the story of Sam Gribley, living a wilderness existence by personal choice, two years later. Only he has been joined—too his amazement and displeasure—by his younger sister, Alice, who exhibits the family’s pioneer spirit. As the book opens Sam is devastated by the arrival of heartless Leon Longridge, the local Conservation Officer, who confiscates Sam’s beloved peregrine falcon, Frightful, for breeding in captivity.

Much of
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Paradoxical
Hm. On the Far Side of the Mountain continues Sam's adventures from the first book, only with an added sister named Alice who is an interesting character, to say the least. At first it seemed as if the book was messy in direction--first there was the confiscation of Frightful, and suddenly the book switches gears to Alice heading off by herself with a pet pig (yes, a pet pig), and Sam's subsequent tracking down of Alice.

While I liked the book well enough (or as well as I can like the Mountain bo
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Jean Craighead George wrote over eighty popular books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain. Most of her books deal with topics related to the environment and the natural world. While she mostly wrote children's fiction, she also wrote at least two guides to cooking with wild foods, and an autobiography, Journey ...more
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“I throw back my head, and, feeling free as the wind, breathe in the fresh mountain air. Although I am heavy-hearted, my spirits are rising. To walk in nature is always good medicine.” 5 likes
“We humans will never know how meadows or mountains smell, but deer and horses and pigs do. Bando sniffs deeply and shakes his head. We were left out when it comes to smelling things, he says. I would love to be able to smell a mountain and follow my nose to it.” 2 likes
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