Farewell, Jean Craighead George

Exactly a week after the loss of Maurice Sendak, the children's book world has suffered another loss with the passing of Jean Craighead George. George wrote over 100 books and inspired generations of young adult readers with a love of nature. I still remember reading My Side of the Mountain as a child. I thought it sounded like a grand adventure, and I was ready to take off into the woods right away. I was fascinated by all the details about how Sam survived in the woods, and oh, did I want a falcon!

Sadly, the mainstream media seems to have missed this one, for the most part. There have been a few articles, but George deserves so much more. Please help us to create the tribute she deserves by sharing links or memories in the comments below.

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Sheila Ruth

Comments 3

  1. tanita

    One of Tech Boy’s cutest stories is how he decided he was going to go and, like, live outside after reading My Side of the Mountain. And, as we did with a lot of our fave kids books, he read it out loud to me while we were dating.
    We still need writers like Jean Craighead George, who understand that sometimes, all a kid wants is to make their own way and their own peace with the world in which they find themselves. May we still find mountains and things which challenge us to survive.

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