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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.

©2017 Jean Craighead George (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Should appeal to all rugged individualists who dream of escape to the forest." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"An extraordinary book.... It will be read year after year." ( The Horn Book)

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Amazing

The preformance of this book is fantastic, it really feels like Sam is real and really telling you his story. This book was one of the highlights of the things I read in my childhood; I didn't think that there could be a version any better than my memory. I was pleasantly mistaken!

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Great overall

This book was great overall. The narrator was calm and relaxing to listen too and the story was exciting and compelling. The only thing I wish was a bit better was the ending. It was kind of abrupt in my opinion. Overall great book that I would definitely recommend.

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My side of the mountain review.

I enjoyed my side of the mountain because, many times I have want to run away from home and live like Sam did.
This is been the second time that I read this book. Every time it gets better and better.
I love nature and I love reading.

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loved it!

perfect for a 6-15 year old. my 11 and 7 year old love it. they want to live in the woods now.

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buy this story it's amazing<br /><br />

this a good 12 and up story it's amazing and cool and adventurous and survivalist story

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The classic, beautifully read.

As great as you remember, and wonderfully read. It's also a tragedy, which I'd forgotten.

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Great narration and story.

It was a great book for a road trip to listen to as a family.

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my favorite book as a kid

this book brought back a lot of great memories from when I was a kid

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Fun and Inspiring

In 6th grade, my teacher read this book aloud to the class and I loved it. I picked it up and gave it a listen as a walk down memory lane. I enjoyed it almost as much 40 years later. great story.

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Great Family Book

Narrator was great
Wish it ended better
Story line was great and was worth the listening in the car