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This outdoors adventure book about a kid who escapes his tame city/suburb life to live alone over winter on a wild mountain taught me so much: that it was ok to be alone for a while; that you can learn by failing then trying again; that you can tame through consistency; that you can learn things your parents don't know; that you are part of the natural world."
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— From Volunteer Picks
"Should appeal to all rugged individualists who dream of escape to the forest."—The New York Times Book Review
Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods—all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.
“An extraordinary book . . . It will be read year after year.”
—The Horn Book