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My Side of the Mountain Trilogy (My Side of the Mountain / On the Far Side of the Mountain / Frightful's Mountain) Hardcover – October 23, 2000
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Asked why the writing of the My Side of the Mountain trilogy took Jean Craighead George more than 40 years, she responds, "My mother disapproved of sequels. 'Those are trashy books,' she told me when I was a child. So I grew up and did not write them.
"But kids are wiser than adults, I learned. Letters kept arriving from schools and homes, saying, 'We want to know more about Sam, Frightful, and the wilderness.' 'Sequels,' they said, 'are important.' They were right."
Now, all three of George's remarkable novels about the wilderness adventures of young Sam Gribley and his falcon, Frightful, are available in one handsome volume. In My Side of the Mountain, a Newbery Honor Book, Sam leaves home to fend for himself in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. For a year he lives in a hollowed-out tree, befriending animals and depending on his wits for survival. In the sequel, On the Far Side of the Mountain, Sam's sister has now joined him, and his falcon is confiscated by a conservation officer. Frightful's Mountain is an interesting departure for George. Written from the perspective of Frightful the falcon, the concluding novel in the trilogy follows her efforts to learn to depend on her own instincts in a world crawling with dangers.
Jean Craighead George is the beloved author of more than 80 books, including the Newbery Medal winner, Julie of the Wolves. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter
About the Author
Jean Craighead George was the preeminent nature writer for children. She is the author of My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves, and her work spanned 50 years. She died in May 2012 at age 93.
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There are some other fascinating stories about wilderness life: "The Island Keeper" by Harry Mazer (about a girl surviving on a small island in a huge lake), "Cold River" by William Judson takes place in the early thirties in the Adirondacks, and author Gary Larson did write two books about a boy called Brian who survived an airplane crash and is forced to live through a winter in the woods.
One of the best wilderness books for kids is "Brendon Chase" by B. B.
It's also available as a British TV series.
Moreover there are 3 beautiful autobiographies by Kathrene Pinkerton (out of print, but well worth getting used via amazon.com!) and Anne LaBastille ("Woodswoman" and "Beyond Black Bear Lake") that are among the best books I ever read.