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Frightful's Mountain

(Mountain #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,502 ratings  ·  224 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
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
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.
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
Heather Brush
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Finished up the series. Of the three, the first was my favorite. While I enjoyed Frightful's perspective, I preferred Sam's. A lot of interesting facts were disbursed throughout the book, but it wasn't the same adventure I'd come to look forward to. George is always a wonderful talent, but this one felt more of ecological campaigning (wonderful in itself, but not what I was looking for) than the other two in the series.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this read. For me it was a different genre, and I loved the conservation focus. The story-telling was captivating moving me quickly from page to page and the education on peregrine falcons was somewhat subtle but interwoven throughout the whole story. I am recommending this to my boys, older and younger.. we should all hear Frightful’s story and learn.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
sucked the worst out of the three.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
AAAAWWWW!!! I love this book. I read it in fifth grade for a book report! I want to read it again!
<3 <3 <3
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!
Esther Filbrun
One of my brothers has loved My Side of the Mountain for years! He’s always been intrigued by the idea of living off the land in the wilds somewhere, and though I’ve certainly enjoyed hearing about it in different books, I can’t say as that’s my ideal of a life. Still, it’s been fun to watch him explore, and share the stories with him. Frightful’s Mountain is a sequel to My Side of the Mountain, and recently we got to listen to it together. What a story!

I’m not really the “animal rights” type (a
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
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
At the end of the previous book, Sam released Frightful into the wild. This book tells the story of what happened to her after that. In this installment of the series, we still see some scenes from Sam's point of view, so we get to see a little more of him an Alice, but we also get other viewpoint characters, like conservation officers and others who work to help wild falcons, and much of the book is from Frightful's own point of view, and that of the other peregrine falcons in her life. So, the ...more
Andrew Nutt
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Frightful’s Mountain is the third book in a trilogy, the book takes place after the last book, where a peregrine falcon named Frightful is taken from her master but gets away, she finds another Peregrine Falcon named Chup and eventually becomes an adopted mother, then the birds migrate south, but Fright stays behind to find Sam. Then Fright gets hit with an electrical pole and almost killed, then she is nursed back to health by some falconers and continues on her way. Then she attracts a mate th ...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
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
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
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
3.5 stars. Story of peregrine falcon, Frightful, who was raised by young Sam Gribley and follows her life as she learns how to be a wild adult peregrine.

The bureaucracy around endangered species addressed in the story was aggravating. There were also some subtle environmental issues like the danger of electrical lines for large predatory birds, pesticide poisoning, predatory bird poachers and Frightful's skewed instincts from being human-raised.

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Ayden Spicer
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I would have liked this book to have focused a little less on the story from Frightful the falcon's perspective and a little more on Sam the boy's perspective. I liked the political message about conservation of endangered species and what children and adults can do about it, and I enjoyed learning something about wild peregrine falcons. I loved the wilderness survival stories in the first two books and had hoped to see more of that carried over into this book. Falconers would really enjoy this ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I skipped over On the Far Side of the Mountain and went straight to Frightful’s
Mountain. I wanted to see how Frightful had made out on her own. Admittedly this is aimed at younger readers but there is much to be learned about the life style and habits of peregrine falcons in this book. Also, you learn that RFK, Jr. is a licensed falconer - who knew!?

I recommend this to anyone - just get over any embarrassment you may have of going to the “Juvenal” or “Young Reader” section of the library to sel
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.
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.
Carmen suero
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is mostly about multiple animals being rescued by a boy and that leading to the boy later moving out into the wild.All of the animals helped in one way or another.And one of the biggest themes is Nature's influence on animals and other beings.With nature and animals by his side he was able to survive in the wild while also rescuing multiple animals.This book wasn't interesting to me but at least it shows readers to no take advantage of things
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.
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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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