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Julie's decision to return home to her people is not an easy one. But after many months in the wilderness, living in harmony with the wolves that saved her life, she knows the time has come.

Julie is not prepared, however, for all the changes that she finds. Her father has forsaken many of the old Eskimo traditions. He has given up his sled dogs for a snowmobile, and now looks after the musk oxen that serve as the village's income. He will do anything to protect them -- even ...

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Overview

Julie's decision to return home to her people is not an easy one. But after many months in the wilderness, living in harmony with the wolves that saved her life, she knows the time has come.

Julie is not prepared, however, for all the changes that she finds. Her father has forsaken many of the old Eskimo traditions. He has given up his sled dogs for a snowmobile, and now looks after the musk oxen that serve as the village's income. He will do anything to protect them -- even shoot any wolves that might threaten the herd. Julie knows that, like her father, she must find a way to reconcile the old ways with the new. But how can she do that without putting her beloved wolves in danger?

When Julie returns to her father's Eskimo village, she struggles to find a way to save her beloved wolves in a changing Arctic world and she falls in love with a young Siberian man.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW praised the "breathtakingly clear prose" and "striking observations about Eskimo culture" in this "nearly perfect" sequel to the 1973 Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves. Ages 10-up. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This is the sequel to Julie of the Wolves. Returning to her father's home, Julie meets his pregnant wife, a white-American, and believes he has forsaken their Eskimo values. As she interacts with her new family, her attitude changes. She learns the power of love and respect. In Part 2, Julie returns to her wolves to lead them to safer hunting grounds. Vivid descriptions of the pack and Julie's method of accustoming them to her presence are riveting. She also meets a young man from Siberia and experiences the first stirrings of love, an indication that there may be another book. The author's knowledge of the terrain, Eskimo traditions, and wolf behavior are woven into a colorful tapestry that envelops readers in its brilliance and warmth.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Surviving through an Arctic winter with no food and only wolves to communicate with is a hard act to follow. George gives it her best in this sequel to Julie of the Wolves. How will Julie come to terms with human beings again, particularly her father, who murdered her favorite wolf? How will she learn to integrate the old Eskimo ways with the new? Most of all, how will she save her wolf pack from extermination when it attacks the village's small herd of musk oxen? Her beloved wolves must live, but so must the villagers-and the musk oxen are critical to both. In choosing to deal with broader, almost metaphysical concerns between the animals and humans of the far north, George rekindles interest in Julie's return home.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-George continues the story begun in Newbery-award winning Julie of the Wolves (HarperCollins, 1974) with the young woman's return to her father's home in Kangik, Alaska. As she becomes reaquainted with Kapugen, she tries to accept the fact that he killed her beloved wolf Amaroq. She must also come to terms with her father's abandonment of some traditional Eskimo ways in order to help the local population survive, his new wife (a white woman), and a new romantic interest of her own. Julie is no longer a loner; she, too, learns about being a part of a community, one that is struggling to exist in a difficult and changing environment. But she also vows to protect the surviving wolves and move them to a place where they will not threaten her father's herd of musk-oxen. Although there is purpose (nearing obsession) to Julie's actions, readers must pay attention to the frequent shifts in the location of the wolf pack and the all-important caribou, vital to both the survival of the wolves and the village. As Julie seeks to move the pack leader, Kapu, and the other wolves closer to a food source, readers may sense some resemblance to the scenes of gaining trust in the earlier title and some may question Julie's interference with the natural order of things (an intervention she cannot possibly maintain). Still, the sense of place and of a people is strong throughout. In the end, her father changes his philosophy from needing to kill the wolves to releasing his oxen into the wild, a conclusion that is a bit abrupt but thoroughly satisfying.-Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
Carolyn Phelan
In this story, which picks up precisely where Newbery Medal winner "Julie of the Wolves" ends, Julie must find her own path between the Eskimo ways she loves and the modern world that intrudes on the tundra. As the book begins, Julie decides to live with her father and Ellen, her new "gussak" (non-Eskimo) stepmother. Although Julie initially refuses to speak English or let Ellen know she understands it, she lets down her guard and befriends Ellen when she comes to respect her. Fittingly, that scene takes place during a blizzard as Ellen and Julie help a musk ox give birth to a calf. And the wolves? Close by, members of the wolf pack that saved Julie's life in the first book pose a threat to the herd of musk oxen that represent financial security and continued existence to the Eskimo village. Throughout the book, Julie feels a strong conflict with her father, who would shoot the wolves to protect the herd. Yet it was her father who taught her to live by the old ways of the Eskimo, represented by the wolves roaming free on the tundra. To her credit, George does not try to repeat the survival journey of "Julie of the Wolves" in its sequel. Although Julie travels with the wolves again in part of the book, this novel is a survival story only in the broader context: can the old ways survive the encroaching modern culture? An unusually fine sequel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060235284
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Series: Julie of the Wolves Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Craighead George is the author of over eighty books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and her novel My Side of the Mountain was a Newbery Honor Book in 1960. She has continued to write acclaimed picture books and novels that celebrate the natural world. She lives in Chappaqua, New York, and has had over 173 pets in the time she has lived there, among them geese and ducks.

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Chapter One

Kapugen, The Hunter

A wolf howled. He began on a note lower than a bear's growl, then climbed the scale to the highest pitch of the wind and held it there.

The cry traveled across the snowy tundra and was heard by a young girl standing at the door of a small green house. The wooden structure sat on the edge of an Eskimo village on the bank of the frozen Avalik River in Alaska. She pushed, back the halo of fur that framed her lovely face and listened. The wolf was telling her to come with him.She did not answer.

Julie Edwards Miyax Kapugen knew the wolf well. He had shared food with her when she had been lost on the endless tundra. He had run and played with her. He had rested in her tent while she had nursed him back to health from his bullet wounds. Now he was trying to locate her. He must not find her. He must go away, far away. After many years of separation, Julie was going home to her father,Kapugen, and he, she knew, would kill the wolf.

"That is how it is, " she whispered to the howler. "If you come near Kapugen, he will shoot you. He is like all Eskimo hunters. He will say, 'The wolf gave himself to me.'"

The howl rose and fell.

Julie squinted toward the distant caller. "Stay away, beloved Kapu. I am going home."

She waited. The wolf she had named Kapu after her father, the great hunter and leader, did not call again. Quickly she opened and dosed the first door that led into Kapugen's house. She walked into the qanitchaq, an entry room designed to keep out the cold. Its walls were hung with parkas and boots, and onthe floor stood paddles, guns, and gasoline cans. She put down her pack, took off her sealskin parka and maklaks, or boots, and hung them on pegs. She stepped to the second door, which opened into the living room, and hesitated.

She thought of her childhood on the Eskimo island of Nunivak in the Bering Sea, and of her maidenhood in Barrow on the Arctic Ocean. Then she thought of the day she had left that town desperate to end an arranged marriage. She had gone out on the tundra planning to walk to Point Hope and take a boat to San Francisco to meet her pen pal, Amy.

On the tundra wilderness she had become hopelessly lost.

She tried not to think about the lovable wolf pack that had felled a caribou and saved her life. She must put them in the past. She had found her beloved father and was going home to him.

Yesterday, he had welcomed her in this very house. Her heart had lightened and her burden of loneliness had fallen away. Her head had danced with joyful thoughts.

Her happiness had not lasted long. Within a short time she had realized Kapugen was not the same father who had taken her hunting and fishing with the seasons on Nunivak.

He was not the father who had lived in grace with the sea and land. Kapugen had changed. He had a white-American wife, a gussak. He had radios, a telephone, and a modern stove. Julie could have accepted these things had not her eyes fallen on Kapugen's airplane pilot helmet and goggles. She had seen them on the man in the airplane window who had shot Amaroq, the magnificent leader of her wolf pack. This she could not reconcile. When Kapugen had left the house, she had put on her pack and returned to her camp along the barren river.

There, alone in the crackling Arctic night with the hoarfrost spangling her tent with ice ferns, she knew she must return. No matter what he had done, Kapugen was her father, and she loved him.

"We do not judge our people," she heard the Eskimo elders say, and Julie pointed her boots toward Kapugen.

Now, only a wooden door stood between them. She opened it and stepped inside. Kapugen was home. He was seated on a caribou skin on the floor sharpening his man's knife. He was alone.

He did not look up, although Julie knew he had heard her enter. She tiptoed to the iglek, a pile of furs stacked into a couch almost as tall as she. She climbed up on it, sat, and folded her hands in her lap.

Kapugen sighted along his knife to see if it was satisfactorily sharp. Julie picked a thread from her woolen sock. Kapugen selected a section of beardedseat hide and cut a slender thong from it. He tied the thong around his boot. Julie sat quietly.

Presently Kapugen looked out the window at the marine-blue sky of the sunless winter day.

"The wind has died down," he said. "That is good."

"The stars are bright," Julie added.

"That is good," said Kapugen.

A silence followed. Kapugen tightened the boot thong and at last looked at her.

"Did vou hear the wolf?" he asked, looking into her eyes.

"I heard the wolf," she answered.

Another silence ensued. Kapugen did not take his eyes from her eyes. Julie knew he was speaking to her in the manner of the Eskimo hunter who communicates without sound. His eyes were saying that a wolf did not give that call of friendship very often.

Julie did not answer. She studied her father.

Kapugen was a stocky man with a broad back and powerful arms. His face was burned brown from the Arctic wind and sun, and his hands were blackened by frostbite. His hair was shorter than she remembered, but his chin was still smooth and plucked hairless. A faint mustache darkened his upper lip. He sat with his legs straight out before him.

"The wolf knows you." He spoke slowly and thoughtfully

"He does," Julie answered.

Julie. Copyright © by Jean George. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2009

    Julie of the Wolves. Jean Craighead George. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1994. 226 pages.

    The book Julie of the Wolves, written by Jean Craighead George, is about a girl who is returning home to her father in Alaska but gets hopelessly lost in the tundra wilderness; her life is saved by a remarkable animal. When she does return home, many things have changed; she tries to adapt to these changes. Julie of the Wolves is a really great story, in my opinion; young children and some young adults would really enjoy it.

    The story begins around late fall or early winter in an Eskimo village on the bank of the frozen Avalik River in Alaska. It is reported that this story idea resulted from a research trip that George took to Barrow, Alaska. Her love of nature is obvious through her description.

    In the story Julie of the Wolves, Julie is the main character. In the beginning of the story she returns home to a lot of change. Traditional ways are slowly disappearing; Eskimo values are being challenged. The book quotes: "She did not want to be known for her beauty, but for her wisdom and fortitude, Eskimo virtues."

    Jean Craighead George is a wonderful writer; the words in her book are so vivid. The entire time I was reading Julie of the Wolves, I could envision everything; it was like watching or creating a movie, only so much better. George is very descriptive- the way she details everything like the weather, land, seasons, and characters is so incredible that you could picture everything she wrote. Though I had some trouble pronouncing the names of characters, the book is still great. I would highly recommend this book to adolescents.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Julie, a good book

    The main theme of Julie is trying to fit in with people you haven't been around much. The intended audience is any one who wants to read this book. Jean Craighead's purpose of this story is to teach a lesson about braveness and to accept people that are different. I really liked this book because the author makes everything very clear! The only thing is that the book is boring until about page twenty-five, so don't quit because it does get better!
    This is the sequel to Julie and the Wolves, but it still makes since even if you haven't read it.
    I am judging my book on my own personal opinion. I gave it four stars instead of five because the beginning is boring and it uses a few big vocabulary words. I had to look two of the words up in the dictionary.
    This book has many characters, but the main one's are Julie, Kapugan, her dad, Ellen, her stepmother, Amaroq, her little brother, Peter, and the many wolves. This book does achieve its purpose because Julie is brave many different times and she accomplishes her goals.
    I recommend this book to anyone above 5th grade because of the big vocabulary words. If you are a good reader though, you might be able to get through it, but I am in eighth grade and had to look two words up in the dictionary! This book is easy to read though because it is interesting, so if you get into it, just keep reading it because it is better if you do not stop!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Julie of The Wolves

    This book is about a young girl, named Julie, around the age of fourteen that had left home to go to school and get married. After getting out of a dreadful relationship with her husband she goes and lives with the wolves. Then she finally decides to go home to her father. But soon she finds that her wolf friends are in danger.
    I thought this book was a very adventurous and compelling; because of the relationship between this young woman and her father and his new American wife, and how Julie has to protect her wolf friends from her father. She has to try and figure a way to keep both relationships going.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    You have to check this out!

    This book was a good book. It had many details and it was very good about telling the story. It kept you in touch with what's going on in the story like where you are in the point in the story. This story was in the winter and it being cold outside. This story was very interesting and funny. This book was about a girl named Julie and how she lived out in the woods. She liked living out in the woods where know body knew where she lived at so they could not bother her. Julie kept to her self she didn't like people being around her or anybody living near her. Her family was the only people that knew where she lived at. Julie had wolfs for pet and her family was afraid of them. This book tells you how she went on in life and how she lived out in the cold. There is some of my reasons I thought this was a good book.

    What do you think of this book so far? I thought it was a very good book. I hope my book review told you enough about this book so where you might want to read it one day. If some day you might not have any thing to do you should sit down and read this book. This book had many details about what went on in this book and story. I hope my book review was good enough so where you would like to read this book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    Great Book and Writer

    Love the book. It story makes us understand that we can do hard things if we only push ourselves to do so.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2004

    Great

    I thought the book was fabulous!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Julie Review

    I liked the adventure but some of it was boring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Shadow

    Sorry, locked out of most of them. And I think I can post at evil within's old secret place, do you remember where that is?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Karma

    Definitely. If you need anything, post at the hunter books and I'll come, okay?

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    It was great to be able to continue where "Julie of the Wolves" ended.

    "Julie" is a tender and uplifting story about Julie's reunion with her father and subsequent fear that his ways have veered from Eskimo to Minnesota code which puts her wolf pack it danger. This prompts Julie to take another trip on the tundra to attempt relocating her wolf pack to more favorable hunting grounds where Kapu, the new leader, may not feed on the Muskoxen penned near her father's village. Julie has trouble accepting Kapugan's new wife until the two seek shelter from a storm and assist with the troubled birth of a muskox calf. Loved the lessons in Eskimo culture and loved the story line. Will be reading "Julie's Wolf Pack" next.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    not my kind of book

    Julie the book wasn't as exciting as I thought. I just didn't like the book because the words they used like ptarmigan they don't give a quick explanation for it. A ptarmigan is a type of bird. But that is where people just get confused and that is what made part of me want to stop reading the book.

    Anyways it starts out with Julie (the main character) in the wilderness with the wolves who she has a great communications with. So she spends a lot of time with the wolves. And her father hunts the wolves. So there will be great conflict. Julie's father Kupugan is married to an American woman named Ellen and later she gets pregnant. Julie does not like that at all .But they later get to know each other and become more closer and become friends and gets used to the new baby brother.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    OK

    This book had a great concept but some parts were boring.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    Awesome, Couldn't put it down!!!!

    This Book Rocks, I've read the entire series, each time I read it I get emersed all over again...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2000

    This Was A Great Book!

    I liked this book a lot. It was nice to read a sequel to the first one, Julie of the Wolves, which I loved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2000

    Recommended

    A very good book. Good for imagination

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2000

    A very worhty sequel

    Julie was a compelling sequel to Jean's first book. I loved it!

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