My Side of the Mountain


  • Sam Gribley – A 12-year-old boy who leaves home to live in the wilderness.
  • Dad (Sam Gribley's Father) – Sam's father. He lets Sam leave home, believing Sam will return after just a day or two. He is surprised at Sam's independence and tenacity.
  • Bill –is a man who sells fish to strangers in the woods
  • Mrs. Thomas Fiedler – A 97-year-old woman who forces Sam to help her pick strawberries for her famous jam.
  • Miss Turner – A librarian at a public library in Delhi, New York, who befriends Sam.
  • Frightful – Sam's Peregrine Falcon. Sam trains Frightful to hunt for food that Sam can eat.
  • The Baron Weasel – A weasel whom Sam accidentally traps. The weasel befriends Sam.
  • Bando – An English professor who is lost in the woods, and spends 10 days with Sam. He becomes a father-figure to Sam over the next year.
  • Jesse Coon James – A raccoon whom Sam befriends. Sam learns how to hunt for mussels by watching Jesse.
  • Matt Spell – A teenage boy who writes for a local newspaper and visits Sam. He writes about him in the newspaper
  • Aaron – A Jewish songwriter who visits the wilderness near Sam's home to get inspiration.
  • Tom Sidler – Called "Mr. Jacket" by Sam, Tom is a boy who lives in the town of Delhi.

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