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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 FrightfulTwo 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.” —Booklist“George has outdone herself here.” —Kirkus Reviews...

Title : On the Far Side of the Mountain
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ISBN : 9780141312415
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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On the Far Side of the Mountain Reviews

  • Rebekah
    2018-11-13 00:17

    A brilliant younger sister leads her brother on a wild goose chase just for fun while he is worried sick about her trying to survive like he had done (his story in the first book of this series). This story is the shortest of the three, but I loved the siblings relationship with each other. The author did an excellent job keeping the story line unique to itself and different from the first book in the series. Not quite as good as the first book, but so close that I had to give it five stars too. :)

  • Willowy Whisper
    2018-11-21 20:44

    I don't remember this much, either. I think it was pretty good. :)

  • Ollie M.
    2018-11-26 03:21

    On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, is about a teenage boy that goes off into the woods and lives a life away from modern civilization. In this book Sam’s sister joins him in the wild. Alice builds a tree house then she runs away from her brother. Sam uses his resources to hopefully find her. All and all, this book is a great about survival in the woods and to me has a classic style.

  • Brock
    2018-11-25 02:34

    I know I'm not the age demographic for this novel but the title could have been "They went for a hike and nothing bad happened."

  • Trevor Wetzel
    2018-11-18 20:24

    “On the Far Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George, is about a teenage boy, Sam Gribley, who lives in the wilderness with his sister, Alice. Sam and Alice live their everyday lives hunting, gathering and building structures to keep their lives livable. But, one day Sam can not find Alice anywhere and eventually finds a clue from her showing which way she has gone. Sam meets up with his friend, Bando, and the two venture off in search of Alice. Sam and Bando find many more of Alice’s clues and meet many people on their way. Alice has turned it into a game. Sam and Bando finally catch up with Alice in the Catskill Mountains, where she is attempting to get a baby Falcon out of it’s nest while being attacked by the adult falcon. They eventually get Alice to come down out of the tree and they start on their way back to their home. The main characters of this book are Sam and Alice. Sam is a teenager who has left the city to live in the wilderness. He excels when it comes to problem solving and completing a task. He is an intelligent young man. Alice is a younger girl that likes to have a lot of fun and put Sam through trouble. She isn’t scared of anything and she takes a lot of risks. The author expresses what each of the characters are thinking extremely well throughout the entire book.I would guess that this story takes place during the 1990’s. At the rare times where Sam goes into the city, the city doesn’t seem to be like modern times. Almost the entire story takes place in the woods, on “Sam’s Mountain.” The author does a great job describing the atmosphere of the woods at times and what is happening.I would recommend this book to any reader that enjoys stories involving wilderness and survival. Any reader at a middle school level or higher should be able to read this book. I was very pleased with this story and how it was written.

  • Ripken
    2018-12-01 01:44

    This book was pretty good and it had twist and turns that my heart pumped very fast during moments. There was a lot of things I loved about this book and sad. The top thing I loved is how Alice lives with Sam until she goes on her own adventure. I also love how Alice has her own home which is a tree house. My last thing that I loved is how Alice thought it was fun for Sam trying to find her and Sam was scared to death about Alice. I learned that hac means to breed endangered animals .This book was really good although I wish Sam called for Frightful at the end to keep her.

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    2018-11-28 01:33

    Sam and his sister Alice are living alone on the mountain, away from the turmoil of civilization. They hike and fish and forage for forest berries and roots, and of course Sam has his falcon, Frightful, to do the hunting. But their peaceful life is thrown into chaos when Frightful is confiscated by government conservation authorities, and Alice disappears into the forest with her pet pig. Sam, heartbroken over the loss of his bird, must lay aside his grief in order to track down his little sister through the treacherous Catskill Mountains.I loved reading about how Sam and Alice build a plumping mill to make acorn flour, and how they built a dam by watching the beavers. All the little details of their forest life are so interesting and well-described!The writing style is concise and careful, using very few words to describe a whole scene and using expressive words to bring an emotional connection. I really love the simple but poignant style.There was a little bit of a structure problem in the beginning of the book with an exorbitant amount of flashbacks. Sam is so worried about Frightful that he reads through his old journal entries to calm himself down, and so we get all these flashbacks through his journal. It broke up the pace of the story, and did not flow well. But by the middle of the book, we are done with flashbacks, Sam is in the middle of the action, and the plot moves forward without all the explanations that slow it down at first.I was captivated with the plot and how the ending resolved itself. It really kept me guessing all through the book.... Where is Alice? Why did she really run off? What happened to Frightful? Who really took Frightful away? So many great questions that push the story forward, and come to a satisfying conclusion.I can't wait to finish this trilogy! Anyone who loves nature would fall in love with these books. I'm not a woodsy person at all, but I enjoy them immensely!

  • P.S. Winn
    2018-11-25 03:32

    In book one, Sam ran away from New York City. He started a new life in the Catskill Mountains. In this story, his younger sister Alice has joined him. She lives in a tree house of her own nearby. The two find danger and adventure when the forest service and government don't want them there.

  • Danielle
    2018-11-28 02:26

    Read this with my seventh grade student. He enjoyed it. It's very different from the first in that Sam is no longer a solo mountain man. He's had family come and build lots of structures, gardens, etc. His sister has a treehouse. I appreciate Sam's evolution regarding captive birds of prey, but I'm glad to be done reading about fishing using deer tendons.

  • Blake
    2018-11-26 22:40

    “On the Far Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George, is one of my most favorite outdoor/survival books. It shows and teaches good lessons and tricks to know while in the woods or if anyone would get stuck in one. The book is about a teenage boy named Sam who lives in the wilderness with his sister, Alice. The both of them spend everyday hunting and basically everything they need to survive. One day Sam could not find Alice anywhere and eventually finds a clue from her showing which way she has gone. Sam meets up with his friend, Bando, and the two venture off in search of Alice. They search throughout the Catskill Mountains and eventually start hearing noises. They follow the noises and it ends up leading them straight to Alice. They find her attempting to get a baby falcon out of its nest while being attacked by the adult falcon. They eventually get Alice to come down out of the tree and they start on their way back to their home.The main characters of this book are Sam and Alice. Sam is a teenager who has left the city to live in the wilderness. He is very intelligent in the outdoors and in living within it. He is also very good when it comes to problem solving and completing a task. Alice is a younger girl that likes to have fun and is very curious at moments. She has no fear of and gets into a lot of tough situations.The book I would say could take place in Alaska or a more forested area of the world today within the last 30 years. It takes place in the woods of the Catskill Mountains. The author does a great job describing the how the living conditions and the background was to Sam. The thematic connection I received out of reading this book is that not to take all of the industrialized lifestyles to far. If they spend some time in the wilderness they realize how much more “real” the life actually is and how natural it is. This is displayed in the book when it shows how close Sam and Alice get to nature and love how it is naturally. I would recommend this book to readers that are third grade or older who like stories about outdoor survival. I would rate this book a four out of five because it dragged on in some parts but yet kept it interesting. Overall a great quick book.

  • LG
    2018-12-08 02:31

    You know you’re a city girl when this book, written by an acclaimed author, fails to spark your imagination. I dimly recall her Newberry winner Julie of the Wolves from my adolescence, but I haven’t read the first in this series, the multiply awarded My Side of the Mountain, and most likely won’t unless, like this one, I have to read it for work.Not only am I unpiqued by the wilderness setting, but the characterization is flat and the plot barely existent. There didn’t seem to be any point to the mystery of Alice’s disappearance if it crossed only a tangential path with the phony Leon Longbridge and the confiscation of Frightful. There was even a point when it seemed the author intended to add drama to the story, when Sam wonders why the tracks made by Crystal, Alice’s pig, suggest that she had to drag Crystal away to the forest. But this didn’t go anywhere.Maybe it’s a case of the dreaded sophomore effort. Or, considering the first book came out in 1959, maybe this one, published in 1990, asked me to suspend too much of my disbelief about what Sam and Alice want out of life (not to mention what they achieve). Or maybe – most likely – I’m just an old curmudgeon who’s lived all her life in the city.

  • Simon
    2018-11-21 22:43

    This was a really good intersting adventure outdoors book. I liked it a lot better than the first book, "My Side of the Mountain". Sam lives in the wilderness and built everthing himself, furniture and his house, and in this book Sam's sister, Alice, comes to live with him. Alice built a tree house to live in and builds furniture, but then she ran away. She really likes waterfalls, could she be headed for one? Meanwill Sam's falcon get confiscated. Will Sam find Alice and his falcon or will he get arrested for not having a falcon license and not having a falcon.

  • Lynn
    2018-11-16 02:19

    Full review @ Smoke & Mirrors: What a gorgeous book! There is a mystery and some danger, and an amazing ending! Sam may no longer "have" Frightful, but that's okay. He realizes now that all wild animals should remain wild. And he may decide to make electricity on his mountain!

  • Elaina
    2018-12-09 01:20

    I really liked this book. It was about the wild and very interesting.

  • agatha
    2018-11-14 21:40

    I'm about 4/5 of the way through but I've given up struggling through. As a disclaimer, I didn't read this book until well into adulthood, however, I don't believe I would have enjoyed it even as a child.(view spoiler)[I'm at the point where they're finding notes around town about hacking and good lord, the entire town is full of idiots. "Hey these people are leaving messages all over town about hacking at a time of day during which hacking does not actually happen. And we happen to know that falcons are being poached and sold to wealthy Arab sheiks (and my god, what a hackneyed villain trope for a book written in the 90s). Welp, clearly those two things have nothing to do with each other. La la la!" Even in a book for kids that's pretty unbelievably oblivious.To begin at the beginning: the last book ended in a somewhat unsatisfying manner, but overall was a good children's story about a boy living in the wilderness. This book starts out a mess and stays that way. First, Sam's family, who showed up at the end of the first book to live there, immediately turn around at the beginning of the second book and decide not to live there.... what on earth was the point of all that?? It's a pretty blatant signal that the author didn't really know how to end the last book and just decided to throw the parents back in. And equally obvious that she never intended to have to do anything more with them when she writes a sequel so many years later and immediately gets rid of them again.Problem #2: Sam's sister is introduced. Well, sort of. She ends up staying with him on the mountain but like the last story, the book slips almost immediately out of present tense into past tense as Sam reads through his journals. To be quiet honest I disliked this about the first book as well. Both books could have just as easily had everything that happens in past tense happen in present tense. What is the point of switching between tenses? It makes everything in the past tense feel like a way to kill time until we get back to the present. If it'd just started in present tense we could have seen Alice settling in and built up to Frightful's loss. As it is that starts us out in the beginning annnnnnnnnd then a whole lot of nothing happens for a very very very very very long time. So long in fact that as I said, I'm 4/5 of the way through the book and so far nothing else has happened. Which leads me to another point: what is duller than reading about a boy reading his journal? Reading about a boy and his friend reading maps. Both happen in this book. A *lot*. It's very detailed and very dull. Also dull: reading about someone telling us about someone. There is again no reason why this book couldn't have been written have been written from Alice's point of view (and to underline just how little an impression this book has left on me, I had to pick up the book again to look up her name). What if this book had been told from Alice's POV? Instead of just reading about the little pain in the ass that she is in Sam's side (wanting to bring electricity to the mountain), we could see her arguments, we could see how her development varies from Sam's in the same sort of atmosphere. We can already guess how Sam is going to feel about Frightful's loss - but what about Alice? We could have seen her reaction, and her ensuing plans. We could have seen how she does on her own trek across the mountain, taking what she's learned from her brother to survive on her own.But instead, it's Sam telling us what Alice did when she was there, what she's probably doing when they're following her, what she's probably going to do as they follow her. We get nothing but the surface information from another source about who this girl is. And I'm 4/5 of the way through this book and I still haven't even met this girl that has been the subject of the majority of the book (with the occasional bit where Sam remembers he had a falcon that he was ostensibly very attached to, but seems to very easily forget she exists while tracking down his sister who doesn't actually need tracking down).Oh, and let's discuss that tracking thing. He didn't know she meant him to follow her. He considered the fact that he'd gone off on his own at her age and nobody stopped him. And yet he decides to be nosy and follow her. It's very off-putting. More so when he actually gets annoyed at her because he "doesn't have time for her games and has things to do". Oh I'm sorry Sam, didn't realize she twisted your arm until it broke and forced you into getting into her business long before you understood that she had intended you to follow - and let's be honest, she probably intended you to follow because having been your little sister for so long, she knew you'd be a pushy, nosy asshole either way so she might as well help you find her trail. So she's actually saving you time you would have otherwise wasted trying to find her tracks. Sam, you dick.It's also off-putting that he complains that she wants electricity because he doesn't want the sort of things that come from electricity. I'm actually on his side with that. The charm of the original book was him making do with what he had and working hard not to change the nature around him. BUT, his entire argument falls into bullshit when he seems fine with other large-scale changes - like a water wheel in order to make a sawmill. Sam, you dick, you just built something that generally comes with electricity, you just run it with water instead and you think that somehow makes it different? He's also okay with her flour pounder because it saves them time.It's also off-putting that he complains about her stealing, and yet in the first book he openly says that he stole game from hunters, andalso denies it in the first book. Sam, you dick, that makes you a thief and a liar.It's also off-putting that she's supposed to be 16 and yet the way she's described makes her sound like an 8 year old. No 16 year oldpeople, but (shit, I had to look up and find her name again) Alice does. At least no normal well-adjusted 16 year old bites people, and if she's not, what the hell were her parents doing leaving her to pretty much raise herself in near-solitude on a mountain? Sam pointed out several times what good parents they were in the first book but I'm going to go ahead and call him a biased source on that. (hide spoiler)]In short, this book introduces a character that's not likable, and manages to make the character from the last book not likable. I'll probably try the third book eventually, but I believe it's going to be a long wait, because this one has left me highly irritated with everyone involved.

  • Jim Neville
    2018-12-04 00:18

    I was surprised when I discovered Jean Craighead George wrote a sequel to My Side of the Mountain 31 years after. Since she had been busy writing for decades, I thought she would've learned a thing or two. I was a little disappointed. First off, the sequence of events seemed off. I may be wrong, but it came across that way. Another problems was that the American peregrine falcon was listed as endangered in 1970. If Sam was 15 in 1959 (when the first book was written), then he'd be 26, but he was still a teen in this book.The biggest problem I had was with the first few chapters of the book. It seemed like a "How to Survive in Nature" book with a little bit of story instead of a story with a little bit of "How to Survive in Nature." Casting all this aside (which is a lot to cast aside), it was a good story. I will be reading the next book, Frightful's Mountain, as soon as I find a copy.

  • Shayna
    2018-12-04 01:32

    My Side of the Mountain was just boy versus nature, and the simplicity of survival made it a wonderful story. The sequel has survival elements but also incorporates a sister (who Sam clashes with) and environmental law officers. The inclusion of the outside world makes it realistic but frustrating. And while it is great to see a female character who is smart and outdoorsy, it's unfortunate that Sam complains about her so much, making her appear to be more of a nuisance. Considering this book was written much later than the original, the reader has to question if the science and environmental laws match up to the time period of the first book. While the first book taught a love for primitive skills, these sequel introduces real conversation and environmental issues, which are very important for readers to learn about.

  • Nancy Prater
    2018-12-05 00:23

    I read this aloud to my kids after we had finished My Side of the Mountain, and we enjoyed it very much. I love the first book because you learn so much about living in the wild and there is a real sense of being able to learn anything by reading and trying your best. This book rounds out the other because you learn about conservation, laws that protect wild creatures, and you get a great sense of how you can love and appreciate nature in a more modern, more conservative way. The mystery and tracking in the story was captivating and had my kids asking for more. A great read for young naturalists!

  • Patrice M.
    2018-11-18 23:14

    Some readers think this story is slow, and uninteresting, but I love an occasional old style story that tells of simpler times in an uncomplicated narrative. The teens in this story are left by their parents to live off the land- unusual and unlikely even in the 1940's. The first books tells of the boy making a home in the woods. Now his sister lives there two. They travel many miles in a "tracking" game of sorts that uses natural directions, and hints, and clues for the brother to follow, and find his sister. Kind of a nice break from angst ridden young adult fiction of our current times.

  • Susannah
    2018-11-12 03:25

    My children are thoroughly enjoying these "escape to the wilderness" books. There's a bit of a conservationist theme to this one, and a chance to add some falconry terms to the vocabulary. I noticed a couple of the minor characters had names (or aliases) that fit the theme. Sam's independence and self-reliance are enchanting to children. There's much to learn here about the natural world and the mechanics of water mills.

  • Clarisa
    2018-12-12 22:32

    On the Far Side of the Mountain is a very good book to read. Not only does it have a really interesting story, but the different core parts to it make it really important to the plot of the story. Having a amazing facts about the environments, animals, and plants that the book tells throughout the story. I highly recommend for you to read this book to find out yourself.

  • Johnny Bennett
    2018-11-14 20:35

    The Far Side of the Mountain has Sam chasing his sister across the mountains. An enjoyable adventure that at the end gets a little too rapid. It just becomes places names flying by. Characters reoccur and deepen some. Without reading book one, this one may be a bit difficult to get all the nuances.

  • Heidi
    2018-12-11 19:26

    I liked this book a bit better than the first one, mostly for the adventure of "On TheTrail" played with the siblings and the minor role of a mystery to solve about Frightful's abduction. Still wish I had read these when I was younger.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-30 21:24

    This book was a little awkward at times but still enjoyable, plus all the falconry stuff was accurate so bonus points for that!

  • Megan
    2018-11-26 21:28

    I have read the first and this one both of them are very good survival books and adventure i recommend this book it is one of the best books i have ever read

  • Juniper Schaefer
    2018-12-09 23:33

    really adventurous!!!

  • John Collins
    2018-11-11 21:27

    Not nearly as good as the first book, but still an engaging, imagination-sparking story.

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    2018-11-17 03:27


  • Adelle
    2018-12-12 20:22

    Loved this sequel to My Side of the Mountain.

  • Abigail
    2018-11-19 03:31

    It was a good lead on from My Side of The Mountain. Once I got past the first bit I started to really enjoy it.