My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, 1959, Book Review

“I left New York in May.  I had a penknife, a ball of cord, an ax, and $40, which I had saved from selling magazine subscriptions.  I also had some flint and steel which I had bought at a Chinese store in the city.”  And with that, Sam Gribley left his city apartment filled with … Continue reading My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, 1959, Book Review

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, 1903, Book Review

Growing up, The Call of the Wild was one of the staples of my library, a book I read half a dozen times before I turned 18. I hadn’t picked it up in fifteen or twenty years, but I did so yesterday and read it through adult eyes. The story I remembered, but I was shocked anew at … Continue reading The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, 1903, Book Review

Trapped, by Michael Northrop, 2011, Book Review

“We were the last seven kids waiting to get picked up from Tattawa Regional High School...But we weren’t going anywhere. Mr. Gossell, Jason’s dad, Krista’s mom, whoever it was we were waiting for, they had nothing to do with us anymore. No one did. It was just the seven of us, the seven of us … Continue reading Trapped, by Michael Northrop, 2011, Book Review