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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

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"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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Meghan United States 08-22-13
    Meghan United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2015

    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?

    2 of 2 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 2015

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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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    Colleen Norfolk, VA, United States 05-18-15
    Colleen Norfolk, VA, United States 05-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It Never Gets Okf"

    The movie does not do justice to the book. The book is SO much better. I could listen to it over and over. Living off the grid, no phones, no laptops, no tablets, no people.
    It was purposeful, it was thoroughly entertaining.
    The ending was fitting to the beginning, and a bit of a shock, but not really.
    The narrator was engaging and pulls you through the snow, the fear, the triumph, and sadness.
    You will enjoy this book, now buy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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