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My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – Illustrated, April 12, 2004
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- Publisher : Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (April 12, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 177 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0142401110
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142401118
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 810L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 5.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.08 x 4.98 x 0.53 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fantasy of running away to the deep forest and living alone in a hollowed out tree is powerful to a misfit kid. What surprised me is it's also a powerful escape for a misfit adult. With all the stresses of life today, the idea of peace, tranquility, and solitude in a place where people aren't screaming at and attacking one another is attractive, I would imagine for just about everyone.
As good as the book is, I can see how the archaic language could be a hurdle for contemporary kids. Think Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew books of yesteryear. It should, however, be cool for advanced readers, tweens, and older. For the younger kids, it's a read-to so parents can translate out of "Old English" into modern English.
The book also provides a learning experience. The wilderness survival skills described in the book are real and could be potentially life-saving in the impending zombie apocalypse.
So, yes. Great, potentially useful book that will make your kids *want* to run away (thereby leaving you in peace), and as such is worth a few bucks for the contentment it could buy you.
Particularly recommended for families, like mine, where time in the woods and learning to "fend for oneself" are key values.
Our story starts out with a young teenage boy ,(Sam),who lives in New York with his family, Mom, Dad, little sister and he has a dream to run away like a lot of other boys do although most boys don't do as much research as our hero does at the local library. His Dad's family own's some land up in the Catskill mountains where he wants to go try living on his own. He has a few tools, a pocket knife, an Ax, some Flint & Steel for fire starting, a ball of string. Sam meets a few people on his way to the place that he has in mind, but what he does after he gets there is just plain awesome. Not to give anything away from the story, but this is not something a boy of this day & age, (2020), could ever do.