My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
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Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in his family's crowded New York City apartment. So, armed with just the bare necessities -- a penknife, a ball of cord, some flint and steel, and the clothes on his back -- he runs away to the mountains. There, Sam must rely on his own ingenuity and the resources of the great outdoors to survive -- and he discovers a side of himself he never knew existed.

About Jean Craighead George

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Jean Craighead George was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in a family of naturalists. She attended Pennsylvania State University, graduating with degrees in English and science. In the 1940s she was a member of the White House press corps and a reporter for The Washington Post. George has written over 60 books among them My Side of the Mountain, a 1960 Newbery Honor Book, and its 1990 sequel On the Far Side of the Mountain. Julie of the Wolves was also a Newberry Medal winner. In 1991, Ms. George became the first winner of the School Library Media Section of the New York Library Association's Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented to her for the "consistent superior quality" of her work.
Published January 1, 1962 by Bodley Head Children's Books. 176 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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An exciting and evocative book about a young boy who decides to live the life of Thoreau throughout a year in the Catskills.

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In PW 's words, ``Fans of My Side of the Mountain will be delighted to find that Sam Gribley still lives in a hollow tree with Frightful, his faithful falcon.

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I have a greater appreciation in retrospect about all the mind food my parents kept coming into the house on a regular basis - the Time Life Books, National Geographic, and the one I really, really loved - American Heritage Magazine which was hard-bound and was crammed with all the history you ne...

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We meet Sam's peregrine falcon, Frightful, who has known only Sam as a parent figure since he captured her from her nest.

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However, after some months, many suspenseful and amusing adventures, and a few visits from passersby, word gets out about the "wild boy" living in the Catskill Mountains, and Sam begins to wonder if he can keep civilization at bay.

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