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My Side of the Mountain
My Side of the Mountain
Author: Jean Craighead George
Amazon.com — 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 a...  more
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ISBN-13: 9780141312422
ISBN-10: 0141312424
Pages: 177
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 60 ratings
Publisher: Puffin Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Who has not ever thought about running away from home? This book speaks about a boy who acted on his instincts and actually did so. For a chapter book written around 50 years ago, it's still relevant today as it was back then. It's ideal for an older elementary or younger middle school student who has a vivid imagination. The author's ability to create a picture of the boy's adventures is outstanding. A must read for boy or girl.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Classification: Young Adult A Newbery Honor book. Also an ALA Notable book.
Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New YOrk City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some fiint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his yhear in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.
Author has also written JULIE OF THE WOLVES, which won the Newbery Medal.

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  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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An interesting book that older children and adolescents would enjoy. You have to suspend disbelief and realize the author is not writing a "how to survive in the wilderness" book but simply creating a fantasy of living in the woods with lots of detail how a boy would go about doing it.
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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A wonderfu, wonderful book for kids 4th grade and up. I remember reading it as a kid and it making me want to learn camping and exploring the wilderness. It is devoid of the REAL fears of living alone in the wilderness so it is a bit misleading to kids but it is great as a romanticized version of nature and of a boy living his dream.
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Got this for my son who is just getting old enough to camp out on his own. He loves it.

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