Grade 5

Theme 6: Animal Encounters

My Side of the Mountain

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George


Meet the Author

Jean Craighead George decided to become a writer when she was in the third grade. She and her brothers spent weekends camping and observing nature with their parents, who were entomologists (scientists who study insects). After coming home, George wrote about her experiences. At first, she recalls, she wrote poems, because she was "unable to sit still very long." In junior high school, her writing grew into longer poems and then short stories. In college she wrote essays, and after graduating she wrote articles as a journalist for the Washington Post. "Finally, at the age of 24," she says, "I took on the novel. I have been writing novels for young people ever since."

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