My Side Of The Mountain (puffin Modern Classics)
- Number of Pages: 192
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Every kid thinks about operating away at one point or another; few get farther than the finish in the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going--all the strategy to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life. There he sets up residence in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival. No reader will most probably be immune to the compulsion to go right out and start whittling fishhooks and befriending raccoons. In a spellbinding, touching, funny account, Sam learns to reside off the land, and grows up a little in the approach. But his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure is stronger.
Jean Craighead George, author of more than 80 children's books, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie with the Wolves, created an additional prizewinner with My Side with the Mountain--a Newbery Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and a Hans Christian Andersen Award Honor Book. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter Astonishingly, she wrote its sequel, On the Far Side of the Mountain, 30 years later, and a decade after that penned the final book in the trilogy, Frightful's Mountain, told from the falcon's point of view. George has no doubt shaped generations of young readers with her outdoor adventures inside the thoughts and spirit.
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