“On the Far Side of the Mountain,” by Jean Craighead George

“On the Far Side of the Mountain,” by Jean Craighead George, is the wonderful sequel to the Newberry Honor Award winning “My Side of the Mountain.”

When Sam Gribley ran away from New York, his goal was just to live his own life in the quiet Catskill Mountains. Gradually he learned how to live not only off nature but with nature. Now Sam's sister Alice has joined him at the mountain farm, and is living in a tree house nearby.

Their idyllic life is completely turned around, however, when a conservation officers confiscates Frightful, Sam's hunting falcon. He says that only licensed falconers are allowed to own endangered raptors such as Frightful. Then Alice suddenly disappears, leaving a series of cryptic messages in her wake. As Sam follows Alice across the Catskill Mountains it becomes more and more obvious that both Frightful and Alice could be in danger.

Ever since I read “My Side of the Mountain,” Sam's independent and self-reliant lifestyle made me wish for a sequel. “On the Far Side of the Mountain” is an excellent continuation of the series, featuring the same wonderful writing style, plucky characters and nature scenes. I feel that “One the Far Side of the Mountain” is a book that nature lovers will enjoy.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-01-29T09:49:00-06:00

9 replies so far. What are your thoughts?

cali said...

i just need to know the message in the book

Anonymous said...

Does sam let frightful go or does he take her home?

Anonymous said...


I assume he keeps Frightful, as the next book is named Frightful's Mountain, and the last one is named Frightful's Daughter Meets the Baron Weasel.

I haven't read either, and I haven't finished The Far Side of the Mountain yet, so I'm not certain. But it's more than likely.

Anonymous said...

he lets her go

Anonymous said...

It was a wonderful story about a boy whose bird gets confiscated and his sister supposedly, when out to find her own home.
I thought it had an excellent plot and was very adventurous.

Anonymous said...

Where is the book located?

Erick Gulyan said...

Leon Longbridge(conservation officer) confiscates Frightful because it is an endangered species.Alice goes to take Crystal(her pet pig) to a pig home and Sam goes off with Bando and Zella to find Alice and after they do the pass by the conservation officer and a sad story starts and the officer gives back Frightful---- The End

Anonymous said...

as always jean gorge stresses the relationship and the responsibilityof her young characters to the natural world- codename: 14312v

Anonymous said...

what is the summaryzation of the story ??? I need an answer now .,,, Thanks... Codename: 14312v