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My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George This novel is told by the diary of the main character, Sam Gribley. Sam is a boy full of determination. He didn't give up and go home as everybody thought he'd. He is strong of mind. After the very first night in the freezing rain, without the flame and no food, he still proceeded. He is a born survivor. He lasted the winter, during storms, hunger, and loneliness, and came out at the top even when everyone expected him to fail. "The property is no location to get a Gribley" p. 9 The story begins with Sam recalling how he first got to maintain his tree in the Catskills. A run-away, Sam Gribley, a young boy that lived in New York City along with his family of eleven in a little apartment. Not one of them liked living there. His dad was able to speak of their household in the Catskill Mountains as well as the time he hurried away to them. Sam determined this could be a way from the dismal life that he had in town. He trained himself well by listening very attentively to his father's stories on survival and read novels to be ready for his planned new life. As it was time to go, he took just a penknife, a ball of cord, a few flint and steel, twenty five bucks, along with an ax. The flint and steel were for starting fires. He hitched a ride from a trucker into the town; Delhi, nearest the old family farm. He put out in May, establish a camp at a terrible storm, could not catch his fire going was exhausted, and hungry and realized in order to survive he would need to keep his wits about him. When the storm was over he set out to find his great-grandfathers farm. He discovered some of the older base and the carved name on a tree and understood he was about the family compound of his dreams not terribly far from his soon to become home from the Hemlock tree. Some significant issues that presented themselves were all the elements, hunger, and isolation. After living the terrible storm he knew he had to create a secure warm sanctuary for himself. In addition, he wanted a place that will be not noticeable. He finally determined on an old Hemlock tree in which the roots formed a pit and the inner region of the shrub was rotting. It took him six weeks to carve and burnt out the Hemlock that could accommodate a bed he made with ash slats and boughs in the Hemlock plus a chair for sitting and watching the weather when it had been dreadful. As his survival techniques improved he managed to utilize his intellige...