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My Side of the Mountain | [Jean Craighead George]

My Side of the Mountain

Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods - all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.
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Publisher's Summary

Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods - all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

©1999 Jean Craighead George; (P)2007 Penguin Group USA

What the Critics Say

"An extraordinary book...it will be read year after year." (The Horn Book)

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    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 02-24-08
    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 02-24-08
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    "revisiting a childhood classic"

    I like to have a book my 11-year-old son and I can share during drives. We listen to many classics on road trips or even just commutes to school and work.
    I remember reading My Side of the Mountain as a boy and when I came across it in Audible, I knew it would be perfect for our drive time.
    And it was, he seemed to truly enjoy it and I was taken back to my childhood as well. Is this great literature? hardly.. is it always accurate? no.. but it is still a good children's book and not so bad for an adult either.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Anthem, AZ, United States 07-05-10
    Linda Anthem, AZ, United States 07-05-10
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    "My favorite as a child"

    I first checked this book out of my school library in 1961. I was a 10 year old book worm from a dysfunctional alcoholic family who wanted to run away from them all and have total control of my life. I knew I couldn't do so, but did I ever enjoy reading about how Sam did it - and how, in the end, he realized he needed people in his life, too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan United States 08-22-13
    Meghan United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "As wonderful as I remembered, glad I shared w kids"

    I grew up LOVING this book. I was so thrilled to find it in audio before going on a car trip. The kids really enjoyed it and asked lots of great questions. We had to keep pausing to discuss the story, the setting, why the boy was doing what he was doing, etc.

    This was my first experiment sharing an audio book with the kids. I'm so glad I did. What a classic to start with!

    If you don't know anything about this book, it was a great book for kids to fantasize about back in the day... running away from it all and living off the land. As an adult that is way too plugged in, this is a great fantasy now, but where would I plug my charger? I wonder if there is cell signal on the mountain?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 02-24-13
    Christine Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Chris, mom to Alex (born 2002). Audible account is for him, reviewing on his behalf. He's a fan of star wars, legos, cub scouts and now reading.

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    "10 y.o. boy - did not like (compared to Hatchet)"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    10 y.o. boy (ADD and dyslexic) read at his 4th grade teachers recommendation, immediately after finishing 'Hatchet'. Did NOT like it - no danger, the cartoon-ish Disney-like "everything was easy" did not ring true. He then wrote a paper comparing the 2 books (which was very successful).

    Mom: He isn't wrong in his assessment of "this just sounds too happy happy joy joy".


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemarie Fishkill, NY, United States 06-17-10
    Rosemarie Fishkill, NY, United States 06-17-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Narration Could be Better"

    The novel was excellent; however, the reader was not very good. The story has a first person narration. The central character is an adolescent boy. However, the narrator doesn't sound like a teenage boy but rather like an adult reading to a child. This detracted from the listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lorian sound beach, NY, USA 07-29-09
    Lorian sound beach, NY, USA 07-29-09
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    "Not Jeff Woodman"

    I am incredibly disappointed in the fact that this is NOT the version that is read by Jeff Woodman. It's my own fault for not listening to the sample, but, all the same, when I heard that other voice reading for Sam Gribley, my heart sunk. Please purchase with caution, as the Jeff Woodman version is FAR superior. I don't know why this version even exists.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen A Brown 10-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A great story for kids and adults as well"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Side of the Mountain to be better than the print version?

    I read this book as a child and it instilled a desire in my heart to learn as much about nature and living off the land as I possibly could. This story impacted my life in such a positive way and it's effects have influenced many of my choices as well. I am now sharing this story with my grand children and I am happy that they love it just as much as I did back when I was a kid. Thanks for making it an audio book. The narrator did a wonderful job of keeping his intonations from being monotone as some of them do. No problem keeping the kids interested in continuous listening. In fact, they are completely enthralled and want to listen to it over and over again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course my favorite is Sam Gribley but his Peregrine Falcon is a close second. Sam is a very mature and intelligent young man who faces his fears and overcomes his challenges. He is the kind of person that anyone could look up to and admire. I'm glad he was my childhood hero and I hope that he will also be my Grand daughters hero too.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I have listened to a story that he has narrated. I thought his voice is very calm and easy to listen to. He brings life to Sam and makes it easy to feel the characters emotions and to visualize the surroundings and the things that are happening in the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listened to this story with my Grand daughter and I felt just like I did as a child when I read the book myself. I love the end of the story when his family comes and he gets so excited to see them all again. That part brings out a lot of emotion in me because you just know it's time for him to go home and your not sure you want him to give up his tree home.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one of those that if a child reads it they will find so many things to learn but they will enjoy the story so much they won't even realize they are getting a lesson in nature until years later when they recall all the things they know about Falcons and Algae and living in the woods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patti 09-29-14
    Patti 09-29-14
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    "A Favorite of Mine from My Childhood"

    I remember reading this book in gradeschool and remember how much I enjoyed it. I decided to download and listen to this book as an adult. I remembered so much about the story, and was surprised at the few things I had forgotten. It is definitely geared for a child, but worth listening to at any age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Nicolle A. Tozier Ramona, California 05-12-14
    Mrs. Nicolle A. Tozier Ramona, California 05-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great 5th grade reader"
    Where does My Side of the Mountain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is currently unavailable in audiobooks. Although, one of my favorites! This book encouraged me to know, that nothing that is impossible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Side of the Mountain?

    How the young man 'stood-up' for himself, with the passionate desire to live/survive on his own.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, though, I will. This author evolves the reader from the first page.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Hoping, other books by Christian Rummel are available at Audible and "My Side of the Mountain" to be available soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy FORT WORTH, TX, United States 02-13-13
    Sandy FORT WORTH, TX, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up My Side of the Mountain in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure - Resourcefulness - Ingenuity


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Side of the Mountain?

    The winter scene when the ice storm drapes the mountain was fascinating to read about.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book is made for now. We all need to understand that we can and should know how to survive on our own. It therefore is an inspiring read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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