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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

Critic Reviews

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

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  • Ron
  • Lecanto, FL, USA
  • 02-24-08

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.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Anthem, AZ, United States
  • 07-05-10

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Meghan
  • United States
  • 08-22-13

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?

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  • Rosemarie
  • Fishkill, NY, United States
  • 06-17-10

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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Rick
  • Urcuquí, Ecuador
  • 06-26-12

Worth Revisiting

I don't recall what promoted me to revisit this children's classic, but by the time I listened to it, I was staying in a small village in the Andes--not exactly a hollow tree, but close enough. That environment made listening to the tale a special experience that reading a book couldn't quite match. It's a simple story, though loaded with exquisite details of nature, and almost naively drawn by today's standards. Christian Rummel's youthful, almost breathless reading brings a wide-eyed, curious boy to life, and makes it work beautifully. If you'd ever wished you could run away and live in the woods, this is almost as good.

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  • Lorian
  • sound beach, NY, USA
  • 07-29-09

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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Christine
  • Hoffman Estates, IL, United States
  • 02-24-13

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".

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It's good it was an asinged book for me but it's a great book it's great

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Meh...

It was just really boring I personally just didn't like the book it was just talking about how he survived just boring

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great book

loved this book as a kid. Still love it! well worth listening to it again

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  • Erin
  • 06-19-17

My 12yr old son wants to live in the forest

Any additional comments?

My son and I loved this book. I found it a bit hard to believe that nothing went wrong but a great adventure story for older kids

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  • Emma Rose
  • 07-08-16

Everyone in the family enjoyed this on a road trip

If you could sum up My Side of the Mountain in three words, what would they be?

From the 7 year old: Frightful
From the 10 year old: Fearless
From Mum: Resourceful

Who was your favorite character and why?

From both boys: Frightful the Peregrine Falcon, because we would love a pet Peregrine Falcon
From Mum: Sam for his resourcefulness

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

No, however we would based on his performance in My Side of the Mountain. Both boys are incredibly fussy about how a book is narrated and Rummel's performance was great and enjoyed by all.

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

We listened to it in the car over 2 days.

Any additional comments?

Recommended to parents of boys.

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