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On the Far Side of the Mountain [Paperback]

By Jean Craighead George (Author)
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Sam's peaceful existence in his wilderness home is disrupted when his sister runs away and his pet falcon is confiscated by a conservation officer

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Two years ago, Sam ran away from New York City to live in the Catskill Mountains. Now his younger sister Alice has joined him and is quietly living in a tree house of her own nearby. Their peaceful life is shattered when a conservation officer confiscates Sam's falcon, Frightful, and Alice suddenly vanishes. Sam leaves his home to search for Alice, hoping to find Frightful, too. But the trail to the far side of the mountain may lead Sam into great danger.

"Surpasses the original in style and substance . . . This story is] a jewel."

"George has outdone herself here."
--Kirkus Reviews

Awards and Recognitions
On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Black-Eyed Susan Award - 1992-1993 Nominee - Grades 4-6 category

Citations And Professional Reviews
On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Ingram Children's Advance - 05/01/2001 page 70

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.7" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 21, 2001
Publisher   Puffin
Age  9-12
ISBN  0141312416  
ISBN13  9780141312415  
UPC  051488006992  

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More About Jean Craighead George

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Jean Craighead George lived in Chappaqua, in the state of New York. Jean Craighead George was born in 1919 and died in 2012.

Jean Craighead George has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Picture Puffin Books

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( G ) > George, Jean Craighead
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Action & Adventure
4Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12

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A Classic Adventure Book...A Must Read  Dec 20, 2007
Do you like wilderness and survival books? Then this is the book for you. The main character, Sam Gribly is 14 years old. In his first book of the series, MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, he ran away from home to live in the mountains. He successfully made it through a tough year. He had to build a shelter and catch food himself. Until later in the book he found a Peregrine Falcon that he named Frightful. In this book, Frightful was his main source for food. Frightful would catch him food. Alice, Sam's sister who is also his age, joined him on the mountain. She made her own tree house a little separated from Sam's house. She helped Sam build a watermill.

Later in this book, a police officer came to Sam's mountain and took Frightful from Sam. Frightful was a Peregrine Falcon which is a bird on the endangered birds' list and only a licensed falconer could own this bird. After Frightful was taken away, the officer took Sam's main food source away. Now Sam had to find a new way to catch food.

Alice traveled down the mountain on some days to meet with her friend from the first book, Mrs. Strawberry. She liked Mrs. Strawberry and Mrs. Strawberry also loved Alice. They became good friends. While Alice was on the bottom of the mountain she also stopped by a farmer's house. He had a pigpen and Alice loved pigs.

Sam woke up one day and Alice was gone. He thought she was just gathering berries or nuts or just visiting Mrs. Strawberry. She hadn't come back in three days. So Sam went to check her tree house to see if she was there. He found a note Alice wrote saying she was gone and not to worry she would be back soon. Well, Sam was indeed worried. He went down the mountain to ask Mrs. Strawberry and the farmer if they knew where Alice went, but they both had no idea. They both hadn't seen her in around three days. The farmer was so worried that they set off on a hike to find Alice. They later found out that she brought her pig. They found a couple compasses that gave clues to where Alice was going because they had a map and would look where Alice was going. They both knew she liked waterfalls so they found another compass and then looked on the map and found out that she was going to a waterfall. They got to the waterfall and found Alice's camp site but couldn't find Alice. You will have to read the book if you want to figure out if they ever find Alice or not.

On the Far Side of the Mountain  Oct 10, 2007
Very good book, especially for young adults. Many lessons along with adventures. Not quite as good as My Side of the Mountain (by the same author), but pretty close. Well worth reading.
LEARNING TO LET GO  Sep 23, 2007
This sequel to MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN takes up the story of Sam Gribley, living a wilderness existence by personal choice, two years later. Only he has been joined--to his amazement and displeasure--by his younger sister, Alice, who exhibits the family's pioneer spirit. As the book
opens Sam is devastated by the arrival of heartless Leon Longbridge, the local Conservation Officer, who confiscates Sam's beloved peregrine falcon, Frightful, for breeding in captivity.

Much of the story consists of Sam's tracking his independent sister who has taken it into her head to go off with her pet pig, Crystal. Demonstrating her woodland skills she plays their private game of "On The Track" with him, by leaving tantalizing clues re her destination. Sam enlists the aid of an older friend named Bando--a married man living in a rustic cabin nearby. The guys track girl and pig to distant wilderness areas. The story is enhanced by many pen and ink sketches and diagrams of woodland survival and colonial inventions, which make this book something of a reference manual for outdoorsmen.

The plot picks up amazing speed in the last chapters: Alice proves
a fearless and loyal sister to grieving Sam, while he must face the most difficult decision in his young life. Both siblings exhibit true character development in this YA book which makes use of diary entries as well as typical narrative to relate the story. Connecticut author Jean Craighead George presents a strong case for the preservation of endangered species, but can mankind both protect and responsibly enjoy these glorious birds of prey? Read the book to learn Sam's compromise.

Great Book  Jan 12, 2007
On The Far Side of The Mountain by Jean Craighead George is an amazing book and has all of the right ingredients for a suspenseful survival novel. The main character, Sam Gribley, has run away from home and been living in the Catskill mountains for a year or so now. It is amazing how he uses nature to make things for every day living. His main food provider, a falcon named Frightful, has been taken away for legal issues. Without his falcon Sam is left to fend for himself.

To find out what happens, read this great book that will keep you wanting to read more.

I highly recommend this book for all ages, it is a classic!
on the far side of the mountain  May 31, 2006
It was a good book for boys who like the wilderness. Some of the parts were vary boring. I picked this book because it was a medium length.

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