Julie of the Wolves

Julie of the Wolves

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Baker & Taylor
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.


Jean Craighead George’s Newbery Medal–winning classic about an Eskimo girl lost on the Alaskan tundra now features bonus content. This edition, perfect for classroom or home use, includes John Schoenherr’s original scratchboard illustrations throughout, as well as extra materials such as an introduction written by Jean Craighead George’s children, the author’s Newbery acceptance speech, selections from her field notebooks, a discussion guide, and a further reading guide.

Julie of the Wolves is a staple in the canon of children’s literature and the first in the Julie trilogy. The survival theme makes it a good pick for readers of other wilderness stories such as My Side of the Mountain, Hatchet, or Island of the Blue Dolphins.

To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When her life in the village becomes dangerous, Miyax runs away, only to find herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness.

Miyax tries to survive by copying the ways of a pack of wolves and soon grows to love her new wolf family. Life in the wilderness is a struggle, but when she finds her way back to civilization, Miyax is torn between her old and new lives. Is she Miyax of the Eskimos—or Julie of the wolves?

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An Eskimo girl lost on the North Slope of Alaska is befriended by a pack of wolves
An Eskimo girl who becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska is befriended by a pack of wolves.

Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, [1972]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781413169232
Branch Call Number: Y FIC George J
Characteristics: 170 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Dec 04, 2018

I love this series, I've read book 3 the most and I really enjoyed going back to the beginning and meeting everyone again.

MsCourtney Feb 07, 2017

This book is all about the strong characters, animal and human. Be sure to read the award speech from the author at the end.

Sep 02, 2014

I would hesitate to recommend this book without a disclaimer about its cultural and language inaccuracies, but I do think that children who love animals or are curious about Native cultures will get a lot out of Julie's story. It's better than most of the books about American Indians that are written by non-Natives, and though riddled with errors and stereotypes, there is much for young readers to think about and discuss (including those same issues). For examples of mistakes in the text, see this review by an Inupiaq woman: http://www.ankn.uaf.edu/IKS/HAIL/JulieWolves.html.

May 07, 2013

It Was Awful! I Hated The Part When She Meets The Wolves. It Was Completely Terrible. Also, I Couldent Understand A Word It Said.

lakevilla_IDOL Nov 29, 2012

Julie of the Wolves is an adventurous chapter book about a 13-year-old who runs away from home. She doesn't want to get married and escapes to Alaska. This eskimo girl studies a pack of wolves while lost. She becomes really close knowing each wolves' habits and naming them. This story starts off slow but ends with a surprising shocker.

love2read123 Aug 27, 2012

This book is beautiful. It gives you an up close look at nature while exploring the difficulties of being a thirteen year old girl.

Jun 16, 2012

i luv this book!!!! i am in gr. 4 and my teacher read it to the class!!! its really good!

May 21, 2012

I love how touching this story is. Wolves will always be a favourite topic of mine, but I truly admire how well the book was written, a fantasy based on real issues.

Jan 02, 2010

A very cool book. I haven't read this since gr.7 but I loved the series and how Miyax (Julie) lives with wolves. I first admire wolves from watching the movie Princess Mononoke. :) I hope to read these series again in my free time. For now, I'm occupied reading better novels for my age. ~luv wolves


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love2read123 Aug 27, 2012

After her father dies, Miyax quickly disagrees with her new life. In this moving story, Miyax must learn to stay ture to herself in a changing world. She faces the ultimate choice - move on with life, or stick with the old eskimo ways?


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Feb 05, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Thirteen-year old Julie's husband attempts to rape her, but it is not graphically described and he does not follow through with it.


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love2read123 Aug 27, 2012

"Somewhere in this cosmos was Miyax, the very life in her body, the spark and warmth, depended on the wolves for survival."

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