How does the book "My Side of the Mountain" end?  

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These are the last three chapters of the book. By now, the seasons have turned to Spring. Teenager Sam Gribley has been living by himself in the Catskills for almost a year. And for most of this time–except for a few walks into the nearest town–Sam has lived without much...

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These are the last three chapters of the book. By now, the seasons have turned to Spring. Teenager Sam Gribley has been living by himself in the Catskills for almost a year. And for most of this time–except for a few walks into the nearest town–Sam has lived without much human contact. But now more folks are finding him. A boy named Matt wants to write about him. A musician named Aaron wants his advice on bird songs. Tom Sidler, who Sam nicknamed “Mr. Jacket,” hikes up and helps Sam catch a turtle. Bando, the professor who once got lost on the mountain, comes back again as a friend.

At first, Sam doesn’t know what to make of this escalation in his social life. A personal revelation comes at the end of the twentieth chapter, “More About The Spring in Winter and the Beginning of My Story’s End,” when he asks his animal friends what they think of the situation. He believes that Frightful the falcon tells him, “You really want to be found, or you would not have told Matt all you did.” This remark gives Sam pause. Did he secretly want more interactions with others? Would he ever want to go back to the city?

At the end of the book, Sam’s family comes up the mountain to visit him. He is as happy to see them as they are to see him. And instead of dragging him away from this place that he loves, to go back to city life that he hated and left, his family surprises him by moving up onto the mountain with him. They have plans to build a house here. Based on this ending, you may consider whether or not Sam got what he really wanted.

By the way, Jean Craighead George later created two sequels to this book: On the Far Side of the Mountain, and Frightful’s Mountain. You may be interested in learning the rest of the story.

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In the classic novel, My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, Sam Gribley runs away from his family and their crowded New York City apartment for life on a deserted section of family land in the mountains. The novel chronicles his adventures. During his stay, he encounters a stranger on his mountain, and through their discussions, Sam realizes that he misses his family. Part of the reason he ran away was his perception that he would not be missed. He finds that this is not true, when his father comes to visit him at his mountain home in a hollow tree. Through their visit, Sam comes to realize how much he misses h is family, and how important they are to him. While his father does not demand that Sam come home, Sam decides that he wants to rejoin his family.

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