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Adventures of Rusty & Ginger Fox by Tim Ostermeyer
Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa Martin
Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Daylight Moonlight by Matt Patterson
Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend by Victoria Laurie
The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Gringa in a Strange Land by Linda Dahl
I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story by Pete Nelson
Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Naomi and the Horse-Flavored T-Shirt by Dan Boehl
Nicking Time by T. Traynor
Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey
Rifka Takes a Bow by Rebecca Rosenberg Perlov
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
So Thick the Fog by Catherine Pomeroy Stewart
Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Happy Place: Living the Good Life in America by Bentz Plagemann
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
A Timely Vision by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Tourmaline by Joanna Scott
Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan
What Color Is My World? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Side of the Mountain: 10/16/13

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Although Jean Craighead George wrote more than eighty novels for young adults, I only discovered her as adult through one of her last books, The Cats of Roxville Station.

My Side of the Mountain was one of her earliest books. According to the introduction, she had some trouble selling it because the publisher didn't want to encourage children from running away from home. Because that's what Sam Gribley does — he runs away from his crowded, small apartment.

But he also runs away to home. See, Sam has a plan. He's not running for the sake of running. He's running to a plot of land owned by his family — a failed farm in Appalachia. The farm is gone but the land remains and with the research he's done, he figures he can live off what naturally grows there.

The book covers Sam's first year on his own, including the time it took to get there. Sam makes mistakes along the way and he shares them readily. He also meets people who either happen upon his hollowed out tree, or people he sees in the town in the few times he has to return to civilization for one reason or another.

I listened to an audio version of the book, produced by Recorded Books and read by Jeff Woodman. The book's diary format lends itself to being read aloud.

Five stars

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