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My Side of the Mountain Trilogy

(Mountain #1-3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  4,045 ratings  ·  367 reviews
In 1959, Jean Craighead George published My Side of the Mountain. This coming-of-age story about a boy and his falcon went on to win a Newbery Honor, and for the past forty years has enthralled and entertained generations of would-be Sam Gribleys. The two books that followed--On the Far Side of the Mountain and Frightful's Mountain--were equally extraordinary. Now all thre ...more
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published October 23rd 2000 by Dutton Books for Young Readers (first published 1988)
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Morgan I would highly reconmend this book. This book is about a boy who lives in the city with his family. He had a grandpa that owned a mountain back in the…moreI would highly reconmend this book. This book is about a boy who lives in the city with his family. He had a grandpa that owned a mountain back in the day. The boys dad had always talked about it. The boy never liked the city he wanted to run away to the mountain. The dad and him had always joked about the boy running away there. He really wated to. so one day he did. The dad thought that he wouldn run away then come back in a little bit, but the boy didnt. He actually went and found the mountain. He found a hollow tree and lived there. He made a few friends there... Animal friends. He lived there for a few years. One day his family decided to go look for him. They found him and had a bunch of reporters there to. The family wasnt worried at all they new he was safe. The family ended up making a wooden house there. (less)

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Jan 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I first read this book as a teenager and dreamt about going and living in a hollowed out tree myself in the mountains. As a youth it seemed so romantic. Now my teenage kids read it and it is a favorite of theirs.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it tells you how to survive in a forest, and It tells you a story about a boy who I think was lost in a forest, so then he made a house in a tree, and made clothes out of leather. For my opinion when I read this book I felt cozy for no reason.
Isaac Moss
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing, I love how a boy learns how to survive in the woods, he shows great courage, and it even teaches you a few things about the woods, I must say if I was him I would not do it.
Oct 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing

My Side of the Mountain was an excellent book. I felt like I could relate to it so much. It’s about a boy who runs away from home and goes to live in the Catskill Mountains. He has heard stories of an old family member who used to live in these mountains. My favorite character is Sam Gribley, the boy who has run away. I feel like I am him in real life, I want to run away and live in the mountains somewhere. I don’t have a least favorite character, but I do have another favorite, Frightful. Frig
Amanda Schell
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I adored this story! I was really able to relate with the character
Ethan Mason
Imagine- Leaving your home for an entire year, to live off the land. In the realistic fiction book, My Side of The Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, that's exactly what the main character Sam Gribley does.

Sam is a 12 year old teenage boy from New York City. His father had always told him about his grandfathers land, and Sam knew it was time to go find it, and leave the loud, packed, and stressful city. Over his year long journey, Sam encounters many different struggles, and other things in th
Sep 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
I read the book “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George. I did not like this book at all. I thought that it was really boring and that not much happened in the whole 177 pages of this book. I felt like the author just got bored with this book half way through and just wanted to finish this book.

“My Side of the Mountain” starts off as him just surviving in the wilderness with his pet falcon named Fightfull. Then one day he notices that he is running out of food. This gives him the ide
Alex R
Jan 31, 2013 marked it as to-read
This book was great. There I said it. This book really just kept me busy over the past couple of weeks. It is a great Survival book and gets the reader quikly. From Blizzards to Storms, this is one of the best books I have ever read.

Sam Gribley lives in New York, a shy boy but adventurous. He hates the city, it's just not him, so he escapes to the Catskill Mountains, the start to his adventure. He soon learns how to find shelter, make fire, and catch fish to cook them over the fire. Soon he find
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A childhood Fav. Totally wanted to be Sam. Wanted to live in a tree.... not now though—-I like my little house, bed, oven and running water!
As an adult.... kept wondering where in the heck are his parents?! In spite of absent parents, I still loved this book.
Camilla Sanders
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED IT! NO SWEARS AND ITS AWESOME! A MUST READ! Makes me wanna run away but i wont cause i love my dog to much lol
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
"My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George, is an extraordinary book about a young man, Sam Gribley, who leaves his cramped family home in New York City, to survive off of the family land in the Catskill Mountains. The book itself is written as if it is Sam's journal and is in first person point of view,and is a record of all of the things that Sam goes through as a result of surviving off of the land.

This story if one of my personal favorites due to the fact that it is about survival a
TJ  Beaver
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My Side of the Mountain is a great historical fiction book. This book is about a young boy named Sam who hates his life in New York City and decides to come out to the Catskill Mountains and lives there. He chooses a big tree to live in and finds a little bird and trains her to hunt for him. Sam has to live off the gird, fend for himself, and survive. My favorite part of this book is when Sam gets his bird Frightful who was living in a nest as a little baby. Sam finds her as a baby and takes her ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books as a kid was My Side of the Mountain and I just recently became aware of the fact that it had been turned into a trilogy. So I reread My Side of the Mountain and read Far Side of the Mountain and Frightful's Mountain.

I'm happy that a reread My Side because there were big chunks of the plot that I had forgotten about and would have been lost if I had just jumped into Far Side. I still loved My Side, really enjoyed Far Side, but didn't like Frightful's Mountain at all. Th
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it tells you on how to survive in the wild and it tell you how to make tools and I like how he lives in a hemlock tree that he dug out to live in. But i like how he tried and looked so long for his family lost long farm/land and on that way he find a baby eagle and raises it to become his pet and his bird named frightful helps him hunt and his bird catches rats and other types of animals. But that's all I'll tell you because you will need to read it for yourself. But I w ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, childrens
seriously one the greatest books I've ever read. When I look back at events in my life that shaped who I am today, reading this as a child was a defining moment. As I'm rereading this, Sam has been dusting himself off, reawakening from the recesses of my memory, intermixed with those memories are parts of my childhood, back when the world was a new exciting place, my parents were my heroes and they would right any wrong. Once I finish this, I know I will be reading it to my nephews and nieces, I ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've only read My Side of the Mountain but my son read all three of these books and my daughter listened to them on cd. They absolutely loved them and went around talking about birds and outdoor survival and traps and poachers and trees and other interesting stuff. DD says that she liked how Sam learned how to do all kinds of cool stuff on his own and how his dad kept thinking he would come back down the mountain to get help but Sam never did. ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-g, 2016
I want to live in a hollow hemlock tree! Would I want to wear rabbit fur underwear, though?

This was fun. G loved it. He loved Frightful, the hawk, and the whole notion of living in the wild.

The one piece I can't buy into is that Sam figures out you need 32 cups of maple sap to boil down to one cup of syrup. He doesn't have the capacity to reduce that much of any liquid in one of his leaf-saucepans. I AM A BUZZKILL, I REALIZE.
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a great young boy/adventure book. I gave it four stars because at the end it was very abrupt. The last sentence was " And then it was the end." What.. you can't do that! But other than that is was very interesting to see the dynamics of the family and how they supported the boy in his adventure. ...more
Alex Fargis
My favorite character in this book is the boy because of how well he thinks about things and lives on his own. I loved this book with all of the adventure incorporated with it. I think this book is kind of similar to the book "Hatchet" about a boy who lived in a forest in Alaska after a plane crash. I would recommend this book to adventurous and outdoorsy people.
Morgan Robinson
A littel boy is tired of his parent;s. So he goes to the wood's to live in a tree, He studies how to keep warm in the winter, and how to say cool in the summer, then he finds a falcon it get shot, he is sad, but it live's yay. ...more
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-loved
Recently read these three books again for the first time since I was first introduced to them back in 3rd grade!!!!

Loved them just as much as I did when I first got hooked way back when I was a young boy! :)
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I read this as a teenager and was fascinated with the idea of living alone in a hollow tree eating flat "bread" made from crushed nuts. I wanted to try it myself, but never did. ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book for those who are coming of age. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone but it gives great direction to anyone who is lost. ...more
Gisselle Alfaro
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked the first one I want to see if the others are as good
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone, any age, who loves to read alone or with others.
Recommended to Robyn by: It had been on my "to read" list since 6th grade.
When my son was 11, during a time of great stress in our lives, I would sleepily crawl into his twin bed and read to because he really needed time with me and that was all I had to give.

We read Dr. Dolittle and laughed with delight at all the characters' crazy antics.

We read Rascal by Sterling North. The raccoon and the crow were naturally hilarious.

Then we read My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. I didn't expect it to be a humorous book, but my son & I laughed hard enough to fall
John Geary
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
A series of adventures featuring Sam Gribley, a “modern-day” Huck Finn and his falcon, they’re written mainly as literature for children, with some adult themes (poaching, conservation) in them. Interesting book, or really, a series of books, as it is a trilogy of books written over a period of 40 years.
That fact does create a few issues for me, in reading them back-to-back-to-back.
The first book is set in 1959, the year it was published. The second book is set a year later, even though it was p
Jan 12, 2021 added it
My Side of the Mountain is set in Catskill mountains in New York, around the 1950's and follows A teen boy named Sam Gribley. The story starts of with Sam living in the city with his large family who aren't the wealthiest. Sam gets tired of living in the hustle and bustle of the city in his cramped home and decides to leave. Sams whole life his father had told him about the farm that used to be in there family.

So Sam sets off to go live in the Catskill mountains near the old farm. shortly after
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
my side of the mountain (#1) teaches you about how he survived in the catskill mountains,and how you could survive. I like how he made a house out of a tree, it's safe and if tourists, hikers, criminals or lost people who need directions come in the wood they wouldn't spot your house and you can go outside to help them while being camouflaged! I also like how he lives in New York City because i went to Toronto to visit my family there and they said That Niagara Falls was nearby and not he other ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: form-1-free
I didn't know it was possible for people to hollow out a tree and make a fire in it without setting a forest fire! I was so surprised that he felt like it was home, but didn't realize it was home until he was halfway around the tree. When he was halfway around the tree a woman came gathering strawberries and she was old but beautiful. She said, "Boy, what are you doing out here? Are you going to help me gather strawberries?" And Sam realized they wereHIS strawberries so he picked them very slowl ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book does not quite attract me. The setting of the story is a forest, and a boy went there to discover his grandfather's farm. The setting was very weird, and so is the plot. After the boy found his grandfather's farm, he didn't return to his home in the city. Instead, he decided to stay in the forest and didn't go to school anymore, which doesn't happen very often in the real life. I think the biggest reason the book didn't attract me is that it is completely different from my life. Maybe ...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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Mountain (3 books)
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  • On the Far Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #2)
  • Frightful's Mountain (Mountain, #3)

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