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My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – 1 Apr 2004
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Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going--all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel as his companions, and his wits as his tool for survival. In a spellbinding, touching, funny account, Sam learns to live off the land, and grows up a little in the process. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life. But his desire for freedom, independence and adventure are stronger. No reader will be immune to the compulsion to go right out and start whittling fishhooks and befriending raccoons.
Jean Craighead George, author of many popular books for children, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves, created another prizewinner with My Side of the Mountain: a Newbery Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book and a Hans Christian Anderson Award Honor Book. Her rustic natural drawings lend authenticity and interest to the already remarkable story. This gift set includes George's captivating sequel, On the Far Side of the Mountain. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
"An extraordinary book . . . it will be read year after year."
An extraordinary book... it will be read year after year. ("The Horn Book")
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I shouldn't have been worried, it is still a great book.
My mum, who was also my teacher read it to me when I was a top junior. I have subsequently read it to many classes of children, from all sorts of backgrounds and it has always been received with unanimous interest and joy. It has timeless appeal. I would thoroughly recommend this book.
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Well I loved the book as a lid so I'm a biased. The fact that i could buy it for two pence, plus £2.80 shipping, well I was a bit dubious. Read morePublished 3 months ago by AussieChucker
I read this years ago when I was a teenager and thought that it was one of the finest books I had ever read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by steve allen
If read with a young mind it is an extremely good read. That is after all who it was aimed at.
I must have been around twelve myself. Very enjoyable, finished too quickly.
Love it. 11 year old and 44 year old agree its a great readPublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer