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On the Far Side of the Mountain

(Mountain #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  8,748 ratings  ·  331 reviews
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 Books (first published April 30th 1990)
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Rebekah
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant younger sister leads her brother on a wild goose chase just for fun while he is worried sick about her trying to survive like he had done (his story in the first book of this series).
This story is the shortest of the three, but I loved the siblings relationship with each other. The author did an excellent job keeping the story line unique to itself and different from the first book in the series. Not quite as good as the first book, but so close that I had to give it five stars too.
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Ollie M.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, is about a teenage boy that goes off into the woods and lives a life away from modern civilization. In this book Sam’s sister joins him in the wild. Alice builds a tree house then she runs away from her brother. Sam uses his resources to hopefully find her. All and all, this book is a great about survival in the woods and to me has a classic style.
Blair
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: gr9
Having read this because I needed a short read to finish so that I wouldn't have to take it on my trip and also because it was recommended to me years ago, I suppose this wasn't too bad. I'm pretty far from the intended age group, but if I had read it when I was supposed to, (in fourth grade), I would have loved it. ...more
Ms. B
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A worthy sequel to My Side of the Mountain. ...more
Glen
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Two years after the events of the first book, a government agent comes to the mountain to confiscate Sam's falcon, for their own good, of course. Then Sam's sister disappears. For her own good to?

Considered a minor classic, this could never be written today.

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Willowy Whisper
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't remember this much, either. I think it was pretty good. :) ...more
Trevor Wetzel
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
“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
Brock
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 02_fiction
I know I'm not the age demographic for this novel but the title could have been "They went for a hike and nothing bad happened." ...more
Kaylee
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
The story was excellent. I also liked the descriptions of animal behavior that's woven into the story. Such as:

She [Frightful, Sam's falcon] responds by lifting the feathers on her body, then shaking them. This is called rousing, which is feather talk meaning "I like you."

At peace with me and herself, she bobs her head as she follows the flight of a bird. I cannot see it, but I know it's a bird because Frightful's feathers tell me so. She has flattened most of them to her body while lifting tho
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Alise (not Alice!!!!!)
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first book, but it was still pretty good.
Ripken
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Joe
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first, but still ok.
Conor Morrissey
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
i think a theme is courage because in the book he had to give his falcon he raised to a wild life rehabilitation center. He also has to survive in the wild with his sister
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Sam and his sister Alice are living alone on the mountain, away from the turmoil of civilization. They hike and fish and forage for forest berries and roots, and of course Sam has his falcon, Frightful, to do the hunting. But their peaceful life is thrown into chaos when Frightful is confiscated by government conservation authorities, and Alice disappears into the forest with her pet pig. Sam, heartbroken over the loss of his bird, must lay aside his grief in order to track down his little siste ...more
Quinn Dittmann
Student Name: Quinn Dittmann Date Submitted: April 26th
Book Title: On the Far Side of the Mountain Lexile:630


Personal Response: Personally, this was definitely one of the best books I've ever read. I'm the outdoorsy type, and that's exactly what this book was. There was always something going on in this book which made it active and very fun to read.



Plot Summary: This story took place in the wilderness. Sam and his sister Alice were sick and tired of living in the city and just wanted to leave.
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P.S. Winn
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
In book one, Sam ran away from New York City. He started a new life in the Catskill Mountains. In this story, his younger sister Alice has joined him. She lives in a tree house of her own nearby. The two find danger and adventure when the forest service and government don't want them there. ...more
Danielle
Read this with my seventh grade student. He enjoyed it. It's very different from the first in that Sam is no longer a solo mountain man. He's had family come and build lots of structures, gardens, etc. His sister has a treehouse. I appreciate Sam's evolution regarding captive birds of prey, but I'm glad to be done reading about fishing using deer tendons. ...more
Aaron.W
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved this book great story and moves along at good pace. I would reck amend this book to anyone that has read the 1st book and wants to know what happens after the family joins him.
Allison Bean
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Kiddos liked the first one more.
Ricardo Acevedo
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
the story of the book was a fun idea that left me satisfied. My only problem with the Book is the flash backs in Sam's journal kinda took away from the story. ...more
Braden Wisner
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
so far it is a good series
Maddy
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea. Loved the survival details, wasn't compelled by the storyline. ...more
Kayden
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog
It wasent as good as the first 1‼️

Blake
Mar 17, 2015 added it


“On the Far Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George, is one of my most favorite outdoor/survival books. It shows and teaches good lessons and tricks to know while in the woods or if anyone would get stuck in one.


The book is about a teenage boy named Sam who lives in the wilderness with his sister, Alice. The both of them spend everyday hunting and basically everything they need to survive. One day Sam could not find Alice anywhere and eventually finds a clue from her showing which way sh
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LG
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
You know you’re a city girl when this book, written by an acclaimed author, fails to spark your imagination. I dimly recall her Newberry winner Julie of the Wolves from my adolescence, but I haven’t read the first in this series, the multiply awarded My Side of the Mountain, and most likely won’t unless, like this one, I have to read it for work.

Not only am I unpiqued by the wilderness setting, but the characterization is flat and the plot barely existent. There didn’t seem to be any point to th
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Simon
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lynn
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Full review @ Smoke & Mirrors: http://books-n-music.blogspot.com/201.... What a gorgeous book! There is a mystery and some danger, and an amazing ending! Sam may no longer "have" Frightful, but that's okay. He realizes now that all wild animals should remain wild. And he may decide to make electricity on his mountain! ...more
Elaina
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was about the wild and very interesting.
Captive Audience
Dec 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm about 4/5 of the way through but I've given up struggling through. As a disclaimer, I didn't read this book until well into adulthood, however, I don't believe I would have enjoyed it even as a child.

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Jim Neville
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I was surprised when I discovered Jean Craighead George wrote a sequel to My Side of the Mountain 31 years after. Since she had been busy writing for decades, I thought she would've learned a thing or two. I was a little disappointed. First off, the sequence of events seemed off. I may be wrong, but it came across that way. Another problems was that the American peregrine falcon was listed as endangered in 1970. If Sam was 15 in 1959 (when the first book was written), then he'd be 26, but he was ...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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