Testing Boundaries on My Side of the Mountain

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

My daughter and I have read a lot of books together lately. You’ve probably noticed, given my reviews of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and The Egypt Game. When my dad saw that we were reading Island of the Blue Dolphins, he told us how much he enjoyed both that book and another as a child, one called My Side of the Mountain (1959) by Jean Craighead George.

It is about a boy named Sam who runs away from his home in New York City to live alone in the Catskills Mountains. He is tired of city life, and his parents tell him about a family farm in the country that had long been abandoned. Sam travels out of town, finds the farm, and begins to live off of the land. The book is every child’s…

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