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My Side of the Mountain

My Side of the Mountain

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This review was written by: Amanda Schmieder

About the Book

Since 1969, My Side of the Mountain has stolen hearts of readers around the world with the story of a 12-year-old boy and his falcon. For many, the idea of running away from home in search of a new life is a childhood right of passage. For Sam Gribley, it’s more than just an idea—he’s really doing it!

With only a few items in his pockets, Sam leaves behind his family and cramped New York City apartment in search of a new life in the nearby Catskill Mountains. As Sam creates a new life in the woods, he not only learns more about the natural world around him, but also himself, what he’s capable of, and what matters most.

My Side of the Mountain is an enchanting read for anyone who loves the great outdoors. It will transport you to a peaceful world amid the trees, plants and animals.

This coming-of-age story tackles ideas of independence, courage, friendship and connection to others, and the surrounding world. Perhaps the most important takeaway for young readers is that one doesn’t need to venture far to find beauty in nature or a new place to explore. Sam Gribley finds an entirely new adventure (and world of wonder) just a few hours from home. After reading My Side of the Mountain, don’t be surprised if you want to lace up your hiking books and hit the nearest trail. 

While the author wrote this book for the pre-teen crowd, adults will also enjoy tagging along on Sam’s adventure. If you enjoy My Side of the Mountain, consider continuing the saga with Frightful’s Mountain and On the Far Side of the Mountain.

About the Author

Following a career in journalism, Jean Craighead George became a renowned author of more than 100 books for children and young adults. George, a naturalist, hoped that by sharing her love for nature, animals and the environment as prominent themes across all of her books that she would inspire others not only to enjoy the outdoors and creatures, but to also protect them. In 2012, at  the age of 93, George passed away. During her lifetime, George received numerous recognitions for her literary contributions, including the highly-coveted Newbery Medal. Learn more about George and access a complete list of her books at

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