On the Far Side of the Mountain

by Jean Craighead George

Paperback, 1990



Local notes

PB Geo




Scholastic, Inc. (1990), Edition: (1st,1959); Reprint, 170 pages


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.


Sequoyah Book Award (Nominee — Children's — 1993)
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Nominee — 1993)


Original publication date


Physical description

170 p.; 6.82 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member fuzzi
Back in the 1970's I saw a movie, "My Side of the Mountain", about a young man who leaves his home in the city to homestead in the Catskill Mountains. I subsequently read the book upon which the movie was based.

Today I decided to read the sequel, "On the Far Side of the Mountain", which takes place
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about two years after the first book. Sam is still on his mountain, living with his Peregrine Falcon, Frightful, but also with his younger sister, Alice. Early on in the story Frightful is confiscated by a conservation officer, and then Alice disappears.

With his friend Bando along for company and support, Sam tracks his sister as she heads out of the Catskills, on a quest of her own.

While I can't say I liked this sequel as much as the original story, included are what I loved about "My Side of the Mountain": descriptive passages entailing what Sam does to forage food to eat! It is also illustrated by the author with detailed sketches of devices Sam creates for different purposes.

Well written, interesting, and believable.
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LibraryThing member mazeway
I only read this b/c my son SO loved My Side of the Mountain that he wanted to continue. I can't really recommned it, it is quite paltry in comparison to the original.
LibraryThing member wrena
This book is a continuation of the My Side of the Mountain story. Sam's family is explored in greater detail while continuing to educate about survival in the wild. The depth of understanding about nature and our environment that these books provide is excellent.
LibraryThing member TiffanyAK
I liked this one a bit more than the first book in the series. I still didn't care much for the survival skills information, but I thought the adventure aspect of the story was more enjoyable than what was in My Side of the Mountain. Overall, it's not one of my favorites, but I don't regret the
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time taken to read it.
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LibraryThing member 15dennisj
World literature Book review “On the Far Side of the Mountain”
Book Story: A brother and sister live on a mountain and the brother gets his bird confiscated and his sister leaves him he sets out to find his sister and goes through the jungle with his friend and finds floor compasses and already
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ready and dug up food and hints leading him toward her he finds the men who confiscated his bird and finds out they are not real police so he sets out after them two they find a area were his sister and the bird catchers have been and set out to find them after words he finds his sister and tells her what has happened they go and get the bird.
I did not like this story it was a slow long detailed story about the wild and evil people who catch rare birds. I recommend this book for people who are fascinated by the wild. This story was confusing because there were hints and puzzles that you had to think about before continuing.
Overall this story was not for me and seemed to take too long to finish.
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LibraryThing member cmtanker
this book is a great book.ever one should read it
LibraryThing member ASBiskey
This sequel to My Side of the Mountain is enjoyable, but not as good as the original. This is more of a novel than the history/journal that the first is. There isn't so much of the problem solving. Sam and Baldo track Sam's snotty sister through the countryside. There is some mystery, but no real
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risk or problem solving. A worth while read, but not the classic that the first one is.
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LibraryThing member rgruberexcel
Newbery Honor. RGG: dated wilderness survival story; Gary Paulson's Hatchet series is probably more entertaining.
LibraryThing member luvs2ski
Excellent book to read to your children.
LibraryThing member juniperSun
Sequel. Sam Gribley's younger sister is living on the mountain with him and has all sorts of ideas for inventions to make life easier, primarily using water power. A conservation warden confiscates Frightful and Sam needs to learn a new way to provide enough meat for the two of them. And adventure
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ensues, which at times becomes a bit too educational as we learn about birds of prey and the people who covet them.
My son greatly enjoyed this.
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LibraryThing member quinton.baran
I listened to this book while traveling. I found the story engaging, but not as much as the first book. Since I knew the space of time that had occurred since writing the first book and this sequel, I could detect changes in the way the author approached the subject, and also the manner of telling
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the story.

An entertaining book that is really telling a different type of story then the first book. Instead of a story of a boy living in the wild, this is primarily a story of a boy and friend travelling to rescue...I will leave that to the read to discover.

The ending was very poignant for me, and the capstone of the book. I feel that was very authentic and powerful.
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