The novel ceases to be a flashback in Chapter 18, and becomes a straightforward narrative. Sam learns many things about how animals behave in winter, even during terrible storms. After the blizzard ends, Sam must still forage for food. He is happy that a great horned owl has taken up residence on the farm, for it means that no people or building developments are nearby.
Sam learns how Frightful and The Baron manage to survive during winter, helps the local deer find nourishment by cutting down tree branches for them to eat, and overcomes his own vitamin deficiency by eating the right foods. After spring arrives, Matt Spell, a teenager who wants to become a reporter for the local newspaper, arrives at Sam's treehouse home. Matt wants to write about Sam's presence on the Gribley farm. At first, Sam lies to Matt and says the "wild boy" is someone who lives in a nearby cave.
But Matt doesn't believe him. Sam then offers Matt a deal: Matt can come live with him for a week during school spring break , if Matt will not reveal his location. After Matt leaves, Sam realizes he is very lonely and debates with himself whether he wants to be "caught" or not.
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A few weeks later, Sam encounters Aaron, a Jewish songwriter who is visiting the forest for inspiration and singing a song. He tells Sam it is close to Passover , which makes Sam realize Matt will be visiting soon.
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Matt spends a week with Sam, mostly gathering food during this time. Matt is thrilled to be there, but Sam is sad because he realizes he is beginning to replicate his old life in New York City. Matt makes Sam even more unhappy by confessing that he told newspaper photographers where to find Sam. Bando arrives while Matt is visiting, and the two work on making one of the other trees into a guest house.
A short time later, Tom Sidler discovers Sam living at the farm. Sam calls him "Mr. Jacket," and the two boys play for a while.
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Tom's visit makes Sam realize he is desperate for human companionship. Bando returns to check on Sam, and Sam asks Bando to bring him some jeans and a shirt next time so he can visit his new friend Tom in town. In June, Sam is surprised one day to find that his father, mother, and all his siblings have arrived at the farm.
His father announces that the entire family is moving to the farm. At first, Sam is overjoyed that his family has come to see him. But he is also upset, because it means the end of his life living off the land alone. Sam argues with his father about the family's decision. But his father says the family is as loyal to Sam as Sam has been to them, and that he will build a proper house for the family on the farm.
Sam is especially upset about the decision to build a traditional home.
Since it meant not living in his tree. The novel ends with Sam's mother telling him that he can go off on his own once he's My Side of the Mountain won critical plaudits upon its release. Numerous reviewers praised the novel for its detailed depiction of the wilderness and animals, its unsentimental treatment of animals and nature, and its characters, their maturation, and development.
Stone Center for Children's Books Award. The book continued to be praised in the s and s. Book critic Eden Ross Lipson included it in her list of the best children's books, and said it "skillfully blends themes of nature, courage, curiosity, and independence". The book has not always won uncritical praise.
In , reviewer Mary Harris Russell noted that "the narrator, Sam, speaks with a tone more measured than that of most teenagers. That tone grates on some readers. A film adaptation directed by James B. Clark was released by Paramount Pictures in A sequel written and illustrated by George was published in , more than three decades after the original. Over the next 16 years there were three more sequels, a third novel illustrated by George and two picture books illustrated by Daniel San Souci. All the sequels were published by Dutton Children's Books , an imprint of Penguin Books since its acquisition of the original publisher E.
The three novels were issued in an omnibus edition that retains the original pagination, about pages in sum: My Side of the Mountain Trilogy According to a library summary: Some activities may require adult supervision. Luke George as well. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. June Learn how and when to remove this template message.
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