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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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    Chad 05-05-15
    Chad 05-05-15
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    "The Greatest Book ever!"

    the book was very hard to put down . I learned alot by reading this book. Jean did a excellent in keep your curious to find out more of Sam"s invention and *kil huntk

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    J Cicon 03-29-15
    J Cicon 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Escapism"

    I've never been able to leave the Castkills because of Sam.

    A wonderful thing to read.

    4th grade until forty four.

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    yep 03-07-15
    yep 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "classic child/teen writing for all ages"

    I have loved this book since I was a child. still as good today as when I was 10.

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    shanking33 02-21-15
    shanking33 02-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful!"

    My whole family loved this book, adults, teens and littles! We listened to the whole book twice on a family road trip.

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    Jeffrey Fish 02-05-15
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    "next gen"

    one of my and my dad's favorite books from our respective childhoods time to pass it on to the next generation

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    Steva 02-05-15
    Steva 02-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Listened with my daughter, we loved it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Side of the Mountain to be better than the print version?

    No, different. We enjoyed the story being told. We are reading the book as part of a study in a reading group. I am glad we have both versions.


    What other book might you compare My Side of the Mountain to and why?

    Hatchet, because of the situation and main character. A week in the woods for similar reasons. The tidbits of useful information and the steady flow of logic are good examples for children.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    The book centers around one character, so it would have to be him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Alone against the elements, a child survives in the wilderness."


    Any additional comments?

    Excited to get into the book study, so much there to dissect and research.

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    Lisa 01-30-15
    Lisa 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesomeness"

    Awesomme😀😍😍😍 cool great nice book I love audible thanks audible for you amazing help so I can listen to books.

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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.

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    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.

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    Mrs. Nicolle A. Tozier Ramona, California 05-12-14
    Mrs. Nicolle A. Tozier Ramona, California 05-12-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

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