My Side of the Mountain Author:Jean George "Aren't you scared to stay here by yourself?" asks the driver. — "Heck, no!" Sam shouts, swinging down from the truck. He's come from the city to live in the forest for a whole year. All he has with him are a knife, some string, an ax, and flint and steel for making a fire-no matches, no food, no tent. — But this first night he can't get a fire go... more »ing. Hungry and cold, he sits shivering, listening to the wild cries of the night creatures.