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By February 19, 2018May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog

Last week when I was doing class visits with 5th graders. I was shocked and saddened that less than a handful of over 125 of these kids had read My Side of the Mountain. This is one of the foundation stories of the contemporary survival genre. 

True Story.

I was at Educational Books And Media Conference in January in Indian Wells, California. Breakfast was outside on a veranda.

A hawk flew by into the area!!!!

I crept slowly up to the man with the bird on his arm.


He said, “Are you afraid of birds?”

I said, ” No I just didn’t want to startle him.”

He said,”Don’t worry about that. I’m Pete, this is Faux. He is a Harris Hawk.


I said, “Have you ever read a book called My Side of The Mountain?

“Read it? Yes, I read it. Its because of that book that I do what do.”

More About Jean Craighead George (July 2, 1919 – May 15, 2012)

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