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On the Far Side of the Mountain

(Mountain #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  7,772 ratings  ·  274 reviews
Sam Gribley, the nature-loving boy who ran away to live off the land in "My Side of the Mountain, " is still on his own in the wild. With him now are his falcon, Frightful, and also his peppery younger sister Alice.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Puffin (first published April 30th 1990)
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Rebekah
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Willowy Whisper
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember this much, either. I think it was pretty good. :)
Brock
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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."
Trevor Wetzel
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Ripken
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Joe
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first, but still ok.
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
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
P.S. Winn
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Danielle
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1990s, children-s
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.
Aaron.W
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ricardo Acevedo
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Maddy
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my cup of tea. Loved the survival details, wasn't compelled by the storyline.
Kayden
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dog
It wasent as good as the first 1‼

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Blake


“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  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Elaina
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was about the wild and very interesting.
agatha
Dec 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Shayna
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Side of the Mountain was just boy versus nature, and the simplicity of survival made it a wonderful story. The sequel has survival elements but also incorporates a sister (who Sam clashes with) and environmental law officers. The inclusion of the outside world makes it realistic but frustrating. And while it is great to see a female character who is smart and outdoorsy, it's unfortunate that Sam complains about her so much, making her appear to be more of a nuisance. Considering this book was ...more
Nancy Prater
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this aloud to my kids after we had finished My Side of the Mountain, and we enjoyed it very much. I love the first book because you learn so much about living in the wild and there is a real sense of being able to learn anything by reading and trying your best. This book rounds out the other because you learn about conservation, laws that protect wild creatures, and you get a great sense of how you can love and appreciate nature in a more modern, more conservative way. The mystery and tra ...more
Pujitha
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orb-q3
I actually didn't realize that this was a sequel to the original book, but it was still good. I don't want to spoil what happens, but basically, the main character is Sam and his sister Alice decides to join him in his life in the woods. He doesn't really want her to, but she joins anyway. However, later in the book, a man who acts like an official takes away Sam's peregrine falcon, Frightful, which Sam loves very much. To make things worse, his sister Alice also disappears and Sam knows he must ...more
Patrice M.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Some readers think this story is slow, and uninteresting, but I love an occasional old style story that tells of simpler times in an uncomplicated narrative. The teens in this story are left by their parents to live off the land- unusual and unlikely even in the 1940's. The first books tells of the boy making a home in the woods. Now his sister lives there two. They travel many miles in a "tracking" game of sorts that uses natural directions, and hints, and clues for the brother to follow, and ...more
Mrs. Gold
This book started about as slowly as I expected, but I was surprised that the plot remained slow until I had read about 130 pages or so. The last 40 pages of the book held my attention with crime, drama, and plot twists that truly made me want to keep reading, but unfortunately the book ended at that point. Overall, this sequel does have a more intriguing plot than the first book in the series, but I felt that it was too little too late. I do recommend this book to those who enjoyed My Side of t ...more
Bronson
I read this with my 3rd grader. He liked it a little more than I did. I need to go back and read the first one in the series to him. I don't think the sequel stands up like the original. I feel the same way about some other similar books like Hatchet. The first one is so cool and original and then the authors write sequels and more sequels and they don't hold the same magic that the first one did. He'd give it 5 stars but he'll need to start his own GoodReads account to be able to rate it.

Joy
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two years after Sam spent a year on the mountain, he is back with his sister, Alice. She has that same spirit of adventure plus independence and builds her own tree house near Sam. Trouble comes when Sam's falcon is captured and Alice disappears. This book is more of a mystery to solve than just learning to survive. The usual greeting from their adult friend who visits infrequently, "Hello, the house."
Bob
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On The Far Side Of The Mountain Book Review

My book is On The Far Side Of The Mountain by Jean Craighead George. It is a fiction, nature, adventure book. It is about a boy named Sam that lives in the woods with his peregrine falcon, Frightful. He is joined on the mountain by his younger sister, Alice. Then, suddenly, everything goes wrong when a conservation officer takes Frightful, threatens to arrest Sam and to top it all off, Alice goes missing a few days later. Sam now must find Frightful and
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Susannah
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My children are thoroughly enjoying these "escape to the wilderness" books. There's a bit of a conservationist theme to this one, and a chance to add some falconry terms to the vocabulary. I noticed a couple of the minor characters had names (or aliases) that fit the theme. Sam's independence and self-reliance are enchanting to children. There's much to learn here about the natural world and the mechanics of water mills.
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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)
  • My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)
  • Frightful's Mountain (Mountain, #3)
“I throw back my head, and, feeling free as the wind, breathe in the fresh mountain air. Although I am heavy-hearted, my spirits are rising. To walk in nature is always good medicine.” 11 likes
“We humans will never know how meadows or mountains smell, but deer and horses and pigs do. Bando sniffs deeply and shakes his head. We were left out when it comes to smelling things, he says. I would love to be able to smell a mountain and follow my nose to it.” 2 likes
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