by Jean Craighead George
Sam Gribley runs away from his home in New York and lives in the Catskill Mountains and this book is about how he survives using plants and trapping animals. He creates a shelter in a tree and stores nuts and deer meat for the winter. He eats what the animals are eating and he knows that meat is usually good for you. Sam wants to live on Gribley farm, in the Catskill Mountains, because that is where his Great-Great-Grandfather lived and flattened and cleared the land. He doesn't like life in NY because he has five brothers and sisters and they live in a tiny apartment. Sam abducts a falcon from a nest and raises it, trains it and names it Frightful. Once during the winter he doesn't get any vitamin C and starts to get sick, but then goes to the library in a nearby town and learns that liver has vitamin C and he eats liver for three days and gets better. Will he survive? Read the book to find out!
My favorite part was when Sam tried to steal Frightful from the falcon's nest. The mother falcon comes and attacks him, but Sam gets away by sliding down the mountain. Sam wants a falcon to capture food for him. I liked this book because it was exciting, there was a lot of suspense because you didn't know if he was going to survive or not. I liked how it was set outside because I like to be outside. I would recommend this book to kids who like adventure books and survival books.