My Side of the Mountian

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name My Side of the Mountain
image caption Puffin Modern Classics cover
author Jean Craighead George
country America
language English language
genre(s) Young-adult
publisher Puffin
release date 1959
media type Hardback and Paperback
pages 192

My Side of the Mountain is a 1959 book by Jean Craighead George.

It is set in the Catskill Mountains near Delhi, New York. My Side of the Mountain tells the fictional account of how Sam Gribley survives in the wilderness of upstate New York.

Sam runs away from his home in New York City in the month of May. He leaves with only a penknife, a ball of cord, an axe, $40 which he had saved selling magazine subscriptions, and a flint and steel set which he had purchased at a store in the city.

On his first night, Sam gets on a truck north of New York in search of his family’s abandoned and overgrown farm in the Catskill Mountains. He hitchhikes to the Catskills, and spends a lonely first night in his small hemlock lean-to. He catches five fish, but cannot start a fire to cook them.

In the morning he climbs a hill and finds a small cottage near his camp, the residence of an old man named Bill. Bill shows Sam how to cook his fish and make a fire.

Sam then establishes a house inside an old hollow hemlock tree.

As the summer passes, his skills and knowledge of the mountains and of survival grow. He learns to live off the land by hunting small game and gathering a wide variety of edible plants and nuts. He makes clothes, bedding, and other useful things from deer hide and rabbit fur. He lives off of the wilderness completely.

Sam lives a free life in the wilderness for more than a year with a lost school teacher he calls Bando. Sam calls him Bando because he thought the teacher was a runaway criminal when they first met. Bando and Sam spend the summer together. Bando then leaves, promising to return at Christmas.

During the winter, his father finds him. His father leaves after a while. Sam begins to start making guest house and wonders the whole time if that is really a good idea. That was the reason he moved away in the first place.

He then hears his father, and then his mother. As it turns out his father has come back with all the rest of his family.

The family immediately starts building a house.

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