My Side of the Mountain


By Jean Craighead George

Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going–all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival. In a spellbinding, touching, funny account, Sam learns to live off the land, and grows up a little in the process. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life. But his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure is stronger. No reader will be immune to the compulsion to go right out and start whittling fishhooks and befriending raccoons, especially not an adventurous 9 year old!

This book is literally the first book that is being carried along everywhere so that in his spare moments he can sneak in a few more sentences. Amazing!

There is a chapter in which he mentions it’s Halloween, skipped promptly by above mentioned boy, but it’s pretty innocent.

This is a great book, with two other books completing the series.


Age: (boys) 9 and older

Genre: Fiction

Book/ Pre loaded audiobook

Available from the public library/Amazon


Reviewed by:Petra


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