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#39680 - 04/10/05 11:20 PM The Summer I Was Lost, 1965
Jagd Offline

Registered: 03/08/05
Posts: 23
Loc: Wash DC
"The Summer I Was Lost" by Phillip Viereck, 1965. I read this as a kid, and just finished reading it to my kids, one chapter every night. They loved it, and I enjoyed it again. It's about a teenage kid who has trouble finding himself in society, and then goes to summer camp, where he gets lost in the New Hampshire woods during a storm. At camp he had learned survival skills, and made a few implements out of what he had on him. A fishhook made from a paper clip was probably his most useful creation, enabling him to catch trout for food. I expect that it's fiction, but a good read. It discusses survival techniques and situations quite a bit in the later part of the book. The forest ranger at the end even talks about his PSK in a small tin, which contains fishing hooks & line, a razor blade, waterproof matches, and bullion cubes. It may be hard to find, but I'd recommend it as a short easy read, and one that kids will enjoy.

#39681 - 04/12/05 06:30 PM Re: The Summer I Was Lost, 1965
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2396
Reminds me of " my side of the mountian" Or " the other side of the mountian". ( One is about teen survival the other about a paralyzed skiier.) The one about the teen is a good read.


#39682 - 04/14/05 12:46 PM Re: The Summer I Was Lost, 1965
brian Offline

Registered: 07/28/04
Posts: 1468
Loc: Texas
Sound like a great book for reading to my son in a few years. I'll have to find a copy. Thanks for the info.
Learn to improvise everything.

#39683 - 04/14/05 12:49 PM Re: The Summer I Was Lost, 1965
brian Offline

Registered: 07/28/04
Posts: 1468
Loc: Texas
I believe you're thinking of My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George which also appears to be a great book to add to my "when my son is a little older" collection.
Learn to improvise everything.

#39684 - 04/16/05 02:12 PM Re: Found it for .25 cents on eBay
Jagd Offline

Registered: 03/08/05
Posts: 23
Loc: Wash DC

#39685 - 04/17/05 05:54 AM Re: Found it for .25 cents on eBay
paulr Offline

Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 448
Jagd, are you offering to send this book in the mail to another ETS member so s/he can read it and then send it on again? That's the purpose of the Lending Library forum; it's not intended for general book discussions and recommendations. I think it's better to use "Around the campfire" for general discussion purposes.

#39686 - 04/20/05 01:58 AM Re: If you want your own copy...
Jagd Offline

Registered: 03/08/05
Posts: 23
Loc: Wash DC
I am willing to lend, however, if an individual wished to obtain their own copy of the book, it's available for sale from various sources.

#292770 - 07/17/19 01:27 AM Re: The Summer I Was Lost, 1965 [Re: Jagd]
WesleyH Offline

Registered: 05/26/16
Posts: 97
It is currently available (july of 2019) on Amazon for some reasonable prices. (just check the used versions!


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