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Frightful's Mountain (Mountain #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,934 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
Can frightful survive alone?

Sam Gribley has been told that it is illegal to harbor an endangered bird, so when his beloved falcon, Frightful, comes home, he has to let her go. But Frightful doesn’t know how to live alone in the wild. She can’t feed herself, mate, brood chicks, or migrate. Frightful struggles to survive and learns to enjoy her new freedom. But she feels a b
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 21st 2001 by Puffin Books (first published September 1st 1999)
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Apr 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
It took me awhile longer to get into this one, because no people show up in it till about 60 pages in. Until then, it's told from the point of view of the animals. The style is very reminiscent of The Underneath. This book has an unusually strong political agenda for children's lit, but I didn't mind so much, being a nature lover myself. Especially interesting in this book are the foreword by Bobby Kennedy Jr. and the afterword by the author. The afterword explains the background of the story. T ...more
This one ventures much more into the political realm of nature conservation, but through the eyes of the falcon herself. It tells the story of a falcon of an endangered species who has imprinted on a human, but trying to live as a wild bird. It has information about how peregrine falcons nest, about the dangers to them from our modern world, their migration patterns, how they care for their young. All this in a children's story designed to educate, inform, and inspire.
Rebecca McNutt
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was great, giving readers a vision of a bird surviving in nature and living out its life in the mystery of the wilderness.
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This is my least favorite book in the trilogy, because it mainly focuses on the peregrine falcon, Frightful, and Sam is barely in the story at all. If you are interested in falconry at all, you would LOVE this book! Very informative and dramatic, as Frightful learns to survive in the wild, struggles to find a mate and raise her own chicks, and finds her way back to Sam as a wild bird.

The things I loved about the first two books aren't in this book though. I loved Sam's survival story, how he bui
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is written from the falcon's perspective for the most part. The only issue I have with this book is that there are a few mentions of cellular phones and because the first book was written in 1959 the timeline doesn't always add up. There would have to be at least a 30 year jump and that wouldn't work! Fortunately, there isn't that much mention of the cell phones and you can mostly put it out of your mind!

I really, really like how the author speaks about DDT and other pes
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Whoops, I skipped book #2, didn't realize this was a trilogy. I loved book #1, it's one of my favorite books EVER. Book #3, I liked this one, and found it really interesting. BUT I didn't love it. Mostly I found it interesting because it reads like a recruiting book to create kid activists...which isn't necessarily a bad thing but I do like to shy away from indoctrinating impressionable kids until they are old enough to do some real critical thinking. I also found the info about peregrine falcon ...more
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A little overboard on the "protect the earth" stuff, but still an amazing read. Told mostly from Frightful's (the falcon's) perspective, it's unique from the other two books in the series which are told from the boy's perspective. This book is well written and the author does a great job making you sympathize for the wild critters out there that some people ignore.
Peter Gilbert
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. This book was interesting because I saw the life and thoughts of a falcon. How if you raise a falcon it will imprint on you and will think as you as their mother. Throughout this story Frightful goes through many different homes and experiences as a wild/tame falcon. I really enjoyed this book.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain trilogy. It is the story of Sam's peregrine falcon, Frightful. Oh, what a great book!
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
This book is the third in the My Side of the Mountain Trilogy. It was written in 1999; forty years after the first in the trilogy. But in the story itself, only a year or so had passed. So I was taken aback when cell phones showed up in the story. I thought it might have been an editing oversight, but then cell phones were mentioned several more times. It is a predominately children's story, so I decided to just overlook this error. What was more difficult to overlook was the activism Ms. George ...more
Shaunda Penny
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
In this final book of the trilogy we follow Frightful, the peregrine falcon, as opposed to the human characters. In some ways, this was lovely, but there were long sections of the book that read like poorly written environmentalist brochures, not beautiful literature. If the author’s hope was to bring attention to the plight of raptors, she would have done so better by writing a beautiful novel in which tragedy strikes the birds of prey. Perhaps a “for more information” section at the end of the ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I think I enjoyed this book of the Frightful trilogy most of all.
I appreciated the themes of conservation and localized activism.
I especially liked the forward by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who read these books at age 10 and was inspired to become a falconer, specifically choosing a school with a falconry course. As he progressed through school, he became an environmental lawyer and in his personal time he traps, bands and releases hawks every migrating season and maintains breeding aviaries at his
Nicholas Urbanek
I thought this was a very good book. Jean Georges use of imagery kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me wanting to read more and more. I loved how I could really picture everything that was happening in the book. I would recommend this book to all people who were interested in nature and want to learn more about peregrine falcons.
A. As Clear as Crystal
The authors writing style was in my opinion very good. Throughout the whole to book everything was so descriptive. I often found myself imag
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
My kids mostly enjoyed this bird's-eye-view of Sam's mountain. I, on the other hand, found it a bit long and tedious. This one took us weeks. The chapters are rather too lengthy for read-aloud purposes and pressing forward into the next chapter often elicited groans. I think the author was just a little too eager to educate, especially about environmental matters, and that made it rather dull and preachy for me. I will say that the end of the book fascinated me with its description of the peregr ...more
Tiffany Askins
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book twice because it is a required sixth grade text for Language Arts. It was interesting having the main character be a peregrine falcon, and seeing “life” through this perspective. The author did a fine job educating the reader about birds of prey. Other than that, the buck stops there. The back-and-forth relationship between Frightful and Sam becomes to trite. While I am not a fan of this book, I did appreciate the landscape of the Catskills Mountains painted by the author. The d ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Frightful's Mountain is the continuing story of Frightful, a peregrine falcon in New York. In this story, Frightful goes on the journey to become a wild peregrine falcon. Along the way sure learns new things and begins to reconnect to her peregrine falcon instincts from when she was taken from her nest when she was under a week old. She goes through many adventures and troubles during her journeys. She becomes a loving mother and a national symbol for Delhi.
Johnny Bennett
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
The final book, Frightful's Mountain, has a bit of story telling from Frightful's view. This is the same style of writing as the first two books, but people who do not like talking animals may be a bit put off. No the animals don't talk, but the story is through their eyes. Also, there were moments where the environmentalist mantra felt heavy handed instead of being something the reader should be trying to intuit. Still a good woodsy adventure.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adore this trilogy so very much. The YA audience it was written for will still love it, and as an adult I admired it even more. She's such a skilled writer and respectful environmental enthusiast. It's incredibly inspiring, uplifting, and heartening. I recommend it to all my nature- and bird-loving friends in particular.
Lindsay Bullock
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Kids wanted to finish the series so we stuck it out through this one too. It’s a little boring for kids because a lot of the book is detailed peregrine falcon behavior which I enjoyed learning. The story was good enough for them wanting to finish though.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I picked it up out of nostalgia for the earlier book. It was... okay. Could have lived without it.
Bichlien Truong
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Actually
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Night time read with Coen
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Laura Eggen
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved that this one in the series was written from Frightful's perspective. Cannot wait to read the fourth and final book depicting Sam's adventures.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
It was pretty good. It was quite interesting to read from a falcon's perspective. I would rate it 3 1/2 stars.
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
1. What did you think the book was about?

Frightful is a peregrine falcon that was taken away from her nest at birth and raised by Sam. Sam is a boy who ran away from home and made a home in a hemlock tree, near his grandfather's old and banded farm. Frightful was a long way from her familiar forest.
Frightful went south for the winter and she couldn't find her way back. She couldn't find her way back to the one hemlock tree among millions, the one mountain among thousands; her warm and cozy hom
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiotapes
Update: The more I think about it, the more I cannot recommend this book. I don't agree with using emotion to rally children in causes, no matter what the cause may be. I would have enjoyed the story if it was simply about Frightful's journey.

I enjoyed the first book in the series better than this one. I agree with another reviewer that it reads like a recruiting book to create kid activists, which made me uncomfortable listening to it with young impressionable
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this was a chore to get through. By page 60 I was bored with falcon details that never seemed to end. I know she wanted us to understand bird behavior challenges, but what took the author 60 pages to say, I would have preferred her saying it in maybe, 10 pages. As an ordinary reader, (and definitely no bird expert!) I wanted a story, plot, interaction with Sam, Alice, Bando, etc., everything I had come to enjoy in the first two books of the trilogy. I cared for Frightful, but just didn’t ...more
Jennifer Margulis
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. I think I liked it even more than My Side of the Mountain and The Far Side of the Mountain, the two books that include the same characters that come before it.

Frightful's Mountain is told from various points of view, mostly Frightful's. A majestic peregrine falcon who was stolen from her nest as a chick by the well meaning but thoughtless Sam Gribley, Frightful must learn to become a wild bird again. She gets into all sorts of scrapes along the way, nearly electrocutin
Sarah Eagle
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After rereading My Side of the Mountain at 24 when at first I had read it at 10, I can still say I love this book. Armed with both sequels, I happily dove into The Far Side of the Mountain.
What a giant, fat, disappointment.
I tentatively moved on to Frightful's Mountain, and it is everything I wanted it to be. It's a return to the original writing style of My Side, though now it is from Frightful's perspective rather than Sam's. It's a text rich with information about the wilderness, about the c
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