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Jean Craighead George – My Side of the Mountain

Book Review George’s My Side of the Mountain

“I am on my mountain in a tree home that people have passed without ever knowing that I am here. The house is a hemlock tree six feet in diameter, and must be as old as the mountain itself.  I came upon it last summer and dug and burned it out until I made a snug cave in the tree that I now call home.”


Sam Gribley is tired of living in a crowded New York City apartment, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountain wilderness to forge a life of his own.  No one takes his plans seriously – except Sam himself.  With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he must rely on his own ingenuity and on the resources of the land to survive. And survive he does.  Alone in the mountains, Sam learns about courage, danger, and the true meaning of companionship, and captures it all in his journal. My Side of the Mountain is the vivid and engrossing account of the year that changes Sam’s life.[1]

[1] Taken from the back cover of Puffin Book’s My Side of the Mountain

Review By Berean Daughter

Continue reading the review here.

Amazon source My Side of the Mountain


This is a book I remembered from my childhood and was eager to share it with the kids.  Lots of interesting animal and plant trivia woven throughout.


The linked review was written by my oldest daughter.  Haven’t quite figured out how to post her reviews without linking to them.


WARNING – This by no means gives the author a blanket pass. Do not let your children read Julie of The Wolves.