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

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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...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 21st 2001 by Puffin (first published April 30th 1990)
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Trevor Wetzel
“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
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
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
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
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
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...more
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
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...more
Ravi Gopinathan
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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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...more
Jul 14, 2011 Allison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
“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...more
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...more
Written and illustrated by Jean Craighead George. Published by Dutton Children's books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, copyright 1990.

Grade level: 4th

This is the second book of the series from "My sie of the Mountain." In this story, Sam Gribley is still living on his own in the wild along with his falcon, Firghtful, and his young sister Alice. Sam's calm life is interrupted when his sister goes missing and his falcon is taken away by a conservation officer. Sam must go to find them...more
I read a book called "The Far Side Of The Mountain" it's by Jean Craighead George. The book is about this boy named Sam a nature-loving boy who ran away to go live in the Catskills mountains in the book "My Side Of The Mountain". He is still living in the mountains with his bird, Frightful and his sister Alice. After sometime on the mountain, a conservation officer took away Frightful, Sam's best friend. Then Alice runs of somewhere far away from the mountains. Sam struggles through a hard jour...more
i thought the book on the far side of the mountain by Jean Craig head George was a sad book and a good book at the same time because sams sister Alice that joined him she ran off and frightful flew away so Sam went to go find Alice and he is hoping to find frightful to along the way. and it might send SAM to the far side of the mountain AND IS GETTING HIM IN GREAT DANGER??????
I thought this book was sweet, beautiful and it reflected wonderfully on the beauty of nature. Since the very first chapters, all the thrilling sensations started and at the same time ended. The whole book was divided perfectly, and you could enjoy it since the shock was at the last few chapters. I would have wished that the story would have focused on more topics rather than the climax or falling action, to give it a little of everything. Apart from that, i would classify this book more for sch...more
I liked the way in which this book continued the story of Sam Gribley and added his sister, Alice, to the mix. It is very interesting to discover how both Sam and Alice survive and live quite comfortably in their outdoor homes, and develop brilliant methods of using nature's resources to make daily life easier. For being a mere eleven years old, Alice is quite an advanced thinker, creating a primitive grist mill, and departing on a several days' journey with only a pig for a companion, leaving w...more
Carter Wittig
I read an amazing book awhile ago called On The Far Side Of The Mountain by Jean Craighead George. Two years ago, Sam ran away from New York City to live in the Catskill Mountains. Now his younger sister Alice 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 hoping to find Alice, hoping to find Frightful, too. But the trail to the f...more
Paul Fitzgerald
I loved this book. It was basically like the last one. That was a bummer for me. I wish she had made it more diverse from the others. But I still thought that Jean had put the perfect amount of detail on it. I think this book is good because it has that effect of not wanting to stop reading it. It isn't dramatic, intense, action pact, nothing like that. So for all of you people who think that the boy meets girl thing is cute and romantic. It wouldn't be anything that you would expect. It is very...more
Melissa Mahle
I picked up On the Far Side of the Mountain on a whim...I needed something to read immediately. I did not realize that it was book two in a series until mid-way into the story. Any story should be able to stand on its own, but I felt that this did not. The plot was very weak and I didn't feel like the characters were strong enough to make the story worthwhile. However, the setting was amazing. In my generation, there was strong kid-appeal to the idea of leaving behind city and family and carving...more
Dec 30, 2009 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone, especially fans of the author's work
Recommended to Heather by: library find
I recently discovered books two and three of this trilogy. I loved the first book when I read it as a pre-teen and have enjoyed it several times since. I was delighted to step back into Sam and Frightful's world with this book. Again, the natural lore is smoothly interwoven into the story of Sam's adventures in the wild. This time his sister is with him and she is a delightful character. I don't feel that this second book is as strong as the first. Perhaps because I'm not experiencing it through...more
I've been a fan of My Side of the Mountain from the first time I read it. This sequel, however, lacked the charm and excitement of the first book. The story line wasn't engaging. Most of he book is about how Sam tracks his sister and her pet pig (no kidding!) through the forest. If I hadn't have wanted to know what happened to Frightful (who disappears in the first chapter)I probably wouldn't have finished this book. I've marked the third book in this series as "To Read" and hope that it is much...more
These are really great Junior Fiction reads, I'm sad I didn't know of them when I was a young teen. I was constantly marveling at how different our modern generation of children is from the generation George writes about (the late 1950's). Of course, Sam is not the typical example of a child from any generation, but even so, there's such an independence and confidence about him that's inspiring. He and Alice get to do all the things we only dream about, while their parents proudly support them f...more
Overall, I preferred the first book, but this one seemed an appropriate sequel. It had more story than information, so the books complement each other. Of course, you couldn't read one without the other. Will I be continuing the series? Yes, because I don't agree with the end of this book. Would I read more by Jean Craighead George? Possibly, but probably not. Would I recommend this book to others? If they've read the first one and want more closure.

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1. On The Far Side of the Mountain
2. This book was ok but I think it was a waist.
3. This was a waist but if I have to recommend it to someone I would, recommend it to people to like survival stories.
It was real good book on living in wilderness. The main character is named Sam Gribley.(Typed by K8)
Jessalyn Ball
Very good sequel! If you read the first one this is a great read!!
It was good but didn't compare to the first one.
I don't remember reading this sequel back when it was written. Her first book of this series "My Side of The Mountain" was one of my favorites as a child, so I was surprised to see that she had written two more books about the Gribley family. I always thought it was have been cool to be from a family of free thinkers like the Gribley's and to have parents that would allow their children that kind of freedom. I enjoyed reading about Alice and her journey in this book and was glad that there was a...more
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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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