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My Side of the Mountain/On the Far Side of the Mountain

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Published (first published 2004)
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Jon Barber The book is about Sam Gribley, a 12-year-old boy who intensely dislikes living in his parents' cramped New York City apartment with his eight brothers…moreThe book is about Sam Gribley, a 12-year-old boy who intensely dislikes living in his parents' cramped New York City apartment with his eight brothers and sisters. He decides to run away to his great-grandfather's abandoned farm in the Catskill Mountains to live in the wilderness. (less)
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Michelle Isenhoff
“I left New York in May. I had a penknife, a ball of cord, an ax, and $40, which I had saved from selling magazine subscriptions. I also had some flint and steel which I had bought at a Chinese store in the city.” And with that, Sam Gribley left his city apartment filled with two parents and eight brothers and sisters and hitched a ride to the Catskill Mountains. And he never looked back.

My Side of the Mountain was one of my favorite escapes when I was young. It tickled something deep inside me.
I would really love to love this book. You have a great plot. A boy ran away not because he had differences with his parents but he just wanted to experience life in the woods. He made friends, humans and animals alike. He applied everything he learned from reading books about survival. But, I felt like I was reading a textbook. There were no emotions. I didn't even know which was the high point. I didn't where to find the denouement. It's sad because the narrator is a boy and boys are full of l ...more
Colton Mckay
My side of the mountain

In the book “My side of the mountain” it talks about a boy of the age of 12 runs away from home to the Kat skill mountains and is living in the forest with one companion. In the beginning of this a kid name Sam gets in a fight with his parents and ends up running away from home and he runs and runs until he gets tired and lays down to rest and after awhile he wakes up and its getting dark so he looks for shelter and finds a huge hollowed out tree and that’s where he lives.
Wonderful book!!!! We all loved it and already are looking forward to listening to the audio again. The kids didn't like the ending. Jake wanted Sam to just visit his family and stay where he was at. Ellie didn't want them to build a house but to stay living in the tree.
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By: Nyomi Moreno

The name of this is “My side of the of the Mountain, the author is named Jean Craighead George. I think the genre of this book is fiction and the sub-genre is Survival. This book is about a boy named sam, one day he ran away from home and he made his home in a tree. the reason he lives in the forest is because he doesn’t want anyone to find him to take him back home. on his journey in the forest he meets different people like a librarian,an old lady and some other pe
The author’s name is Jean C. George. Jean C. George also illustrated the book. Jean C. George also made the books Julie of the Wolves, Julie’s Wolf Pack, Julie, The Talking Earth, and Frightful's Mountain. MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN was published NE. P. DUTTON NEW YORK. The genre is fiction and the sub-genre is survival and some adventure (you could say wilderness). The only narrator is Sam himself (it is on the harder side to find his name) Sam was alone in the story so another narrater would be ...more
Jacob Solis
The book is about Sam Gribley, a 15-year-old boy who really hates living with his parents in there cramp apartment in New York City with his 8 brothers and sisters. He decides to run away to live in the wilderness. He finds a hallowed out tree to live in and even makes friends with a falcon and a weasel. he remembers that his grandfathers abandoned farm and goes there in search of things to use. Along his journey, Sam learns many things like how to build a fire and train the falcon called fright ...more
Julianna S
My mommy suggested that I read this book. I think she was right. It was a really good book, and it was about a boy who runs away into his great-grandfather's mountains. I liked learning about the boy's life in the woods. It seems like a really good life. It made me want to have an adventure like his.
Equipped with the desire “to do something” and a few wilderness staples, Sam Gribley sets out to live off the land in the Catskill Mountains. Utilizing survival methods he read about at the library, Sam is able to make a variety of tools for fishing, hunting, and cooking. Along the way he makes some memorable friends, including a wily weasel and thieving raccoon. A few of his more dangerous encounters include scaling a cliff to steal a baby falcon, avoiding angry hunters, and stumbling upon a po ...more

The reason why I picked this book is because the name of the book seemed weird sort of. The cover, when I looked at it, there was this boy and a bird and trees in the background so I told myself this kid might be a loner living alone on a side of a mountain. I would recommend this book to my friends and other people because it was pretty amusing. A boy that does not like living in a city, but likes living on a mountain in the woods. His life was very interesting and so was the boy. I found out
Acosta Caitlin
This book was a very straight forward book with a simple plot. It was a nice change after the deep and philosophical book I just finished in Chemistry. It started with the main character, Sam Gribley, an independent and determined teen, wanting to run away from home. His plan was to travel to the land of his great-grandfather. He loved the stories his father told him. He ended up going and the book takes the readers through his year in the woods. The writing was simple, but it allowed really fre ...more
I've had two boys check-out copies from library in the past two weeks,so I figured I had better read it, too. I'm anxious to hear their reviews.

I found it amazing or possibly unbelievable that a city boy could survive for a year in the wild. I know that I couldn't have survived as Sam Gribley did. His knowledge of uses for the plant and animal life in the wilderness was amazing.

Jean Craighead George created a wonderful conclusion for the story. The conflicts I had envisioned at the end didn't co
I missed some of the best parts when I read this to Kaitlyn over the past year, because she would read ahead and then wanted me to skip the parts she had read. I missed the finding of the falcon, the Halloween party, and the very end! I found myself very nervous when I neared the end and realized I didn't actually know how it would end, or how I wanted it to end (just like Sam was conflicted). The ending was actually really clever. "She [mom] looked at the mountain and the meadow and the gorge, ...more
My Side of the Mountain

Adventure, danger, excitement, and wild, these four words all describe the book “My Side of the Mountain” and really capture the feeling of the book in a truly astonishing way. I find the book “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean George to be excellent at keeping the reader’s attention and giving great details about things in the book, while at the same time letting the reader use their imagination fully. There are of course some areas in which the book was not quite as goo
Megan Bernhard
My Side of the Mountain is an amazing story about a boy named Sam Gribley who runs away from the city to live on his own in the mountains. This story teaches you all the ways in which Sam survives on his own. Throughout the story Sam makes connections with nature, animals, and even a couple humans who wonder into his personal neighborhood in the woods. Through reading what the author had to say about My Side of the Mountain I learned that many people write asking if Sam is a real person and if h ...more
Just finished reading aloud with my 8 year-old boy. I remember reading it in 5th or 6th grade by myself and loving it. This is a great story about self-reliance, and learning to live off the land. As a child I was fascinated and dreamed of going away to live in my own secret place, eating plants and making my own nature home. I definitely enjoyed reading this book again with my son, and he enjoyed it as well.

At one point while reading we were looking on the store shelves for a car-washing chamo
When we were young, we all wanted to leave home and move away, but that never lasted. Sam Gribley did. After deciding that he wanted to move away and live off the land he leaves in search of his great-great grandfather's property. Once Sam arrives there, he begins to make himself at home.He scavenges for food, creates shelter, and even creates companionship with the animals that live in the same forest. This story is the completion of a child's dream if they ran away from home and lived in the w ...more
Lisa Taylor
My sister pointed this book out to me at Half Price Books and told me she had to read it for school back in the day and it was really good.

She was right, it is really good. It's also pretty short. You can read it in half a day, easy, if you don't have anything else to do.

It's about a boy who runs away from home and lives off the land in Catskill mountains in New York. He hollows out a big tree for a home, hunts, makes his own clothes and his own tools and trains a falcon from the time it's bor
Legolas Greenleaf
Sep 21, 2012 Legolas Greenleaf rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all youngsters
Recommended to Legolas by: teacher back in 4th grade (part of reading assignment)
I was quite fortunate to come across the book once again, during my job. The last time I had the pleasure of reading it was back in 4th grade. This book is ENCHANTING to any youngster (or even adult) who's fascinated by the outdoors and-or itiching for adventure. This book reminds me a lot of 'Brian's Winter' by Gary Paulsen.
How many youngsters want to get out in the wilderness for an adventure all their own? LOTS (I was one of them ;) ). One of the best touches is that this wonderful work of l
Sean Ross
Oct 29, 2014 Sean Ross rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sean by: Ollie M.
I found this book to be a great first person depiction of a kid trying to live in the wilderness. The plot seemed very real and the book comes alive from there. Dramatic events unfold as he tries his best to survive unseen from the population. As he does this he finds his true self and becomes one with the wilderness. He goes through struggles with food and staying useen you are there with him in this first person thriller. I would reccomend this to anyone intrested in the wild or survival.
Mariah Seymore
On the Other side of the Mountain is an ongoing, adventurous, and independent book. It is the second book to my side of the Mountain. Sam (the main character) Live on a mountain along with his sister and Frightful. They have a great life and are surviving so far. Until conservation officer Leon Longbridge took a piece of Sam away. And Alice comes up with a ton of ideas of her own. With all of the things happening Sam becomes eager to do what he knows is right. Go after Alex and save Frightful. O ...more
Keilani Ludlow
A simplistic story of a teen's year of survival in the mountains. I say simplistic because his family is amazingly easy going about their
son abandoning their New York apartment to go live on his own in the mountains. Most adults he encounters don't see anything wrong
with it. He has no internet and doesn't carry any books and yet has an amazing amount of understanding of how to survive in the mountains
with knowledge of everything from multiple kinds of edible bulbs and plants to how he can train
Thomas Poplawski
My Side Of The Mountain Is A great Book Written By Jean Craighead George. My Side Of The Mountain is about a boy named Sam Gribley that lives in New York. To Sam New York is super busy and so is his family he has lots of brothers and sisters. He Want's out! So one night he sneaks out and runs off to the woods where he starts a new life.If you want to hear more about this book you will have to go and read it. I would recommend this book for people ages 9 and up, just because their are some confus ...more
It was such a nice survival series.I have only finished the first two books but both books teach many useful skills that i myself have never even thought of. In today's cities there is not much use for these skills but it is still a step to accomplish great things all because of the truly exeptional writing that i think i will read again someday.
Courtney Cassen
I read this book following the Brian series written by Gary Paulsen and I found it to be a great follow up to that series. I didn't like this book quite as much but I still found it very enjoyable. This book is a great book to learn from as well as just read for fun. It teaches a lot about survival skills and being on your own.
Have you ever tried or thought of running away from home and live alone somewhere? I did, when I was a child but I never got the courage to do it because I never know where I should go.

Anyway, the story of My Other Side of the Mountain started with that topic, about someone running away and living in a mountain. Sam Gribley ran away from home (with the consent of his father) and started living in a mountain that has a land that belongs to his great-grandfather.

There, he started to learn how to s
This youth novel is part ultimate survival guide and part coming of age story. With beautiful drawings ranging from the various tubers you can eat to how to make a deadfall deer trap, this book has captured the freedom found in the nature and the yearning in us all to harness that feeling. Sam Gribley stands as a testament to all that is self-sustainability. He is every child that has ever dreamed of running away from home and living on his/her own in the mountains.

Jean Craighead George chooses
I expected to enjoy this book more than I did. It has many of the right elements for a fascinating story about a boy who is fully honored by his parents, and his wild adventures...but somehow it stumbles a bit. It's still a good read, and certainly a must for a boy of a certain age.
Richelle F
This book to me, was very adventurous and exciting. There were some parts where there weren't much action, but I how he was from a city, and wanted to see how it was to live in the wild. I loved this book very much and would recommend this to my friends and people who love adventures.
nat lucier
Just absolutely amazing. I had originally not wanted to read this book because it was for a school assignment but as I kept reading on I eventually got sucked into this wonderful world. I would count this book as the main reason why I love the survival/campey genre.
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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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