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Peace & quiet/survival skills for apocalyptic, emo tweens!
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
I purchased this book for nostalgia purposes because I wanted to see if "My Side of the Mountain" was really as good as I remembered. It was. I first read it at age 10 (I'm now 55).
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.