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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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    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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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patti United States 09-29-14
    Patti United States 09-29-14 Member Since 2011
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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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    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?

    0 of 0 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".


    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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    "Challenges"
    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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    M San Antonio, TX, United States 01-30-13
    M San Antonio, TX, United States 01-30-13
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    ""Wild Boy" redefines wants and needs"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to friends and family of all ages. This audiobook entertains as well as educates.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty. The author didn't sugar-coat the difficulties and hardships while maintaining the spirit of the young man.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    The tone, inflection, and clarity of his voice. He brought the spirit of Sam to life and gave each character a distinct voice and made them all interesting.


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

    Yes, this is an audiobook that makes one want to continue to the end! I never found the book lagging or making me want to skip anything!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book: very entertaining; interesting; informative; and enlightening. Christian Rummel pulls you into the story and holds your attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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