Julie of the Wolves

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Lost on the Tundra

To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When the village is no longer safe for her, Miyax runs away. But she soon finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her.

Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, Mid she grows to love them as though they were family. With their help, and drawing on her father's ...

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Overview

Lost on the Tundra

To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When the village is no longer safe for her, Miyax runs away. But she soon finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her.

Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, Mid she grows to love them as though they were family. With their help, and drawing on her father's teachings, Miyax struggles day by clay to survive. But the time comes when she must leave the wilderness and choose between the old ways an(] the new. Which will she choose? For she is Miyax of the Eskimos—but Julie of the Wolves.

Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey acoss the barren Alaskan tundra, 13-year-old Miyax chooses the tundra. She finds herself caught between the traditional Eskimo ways and the modern ways of the whites. Miyax, or Julie as her pen pal Amy calls her, sets out alone to visit Amy in San Francisco, a world far away from Eskimo culture and the frozen land of Alaska.

During her long and arduous journey, Miyax comes to appreciate the value of her Eskimo heritage, learns about herself, and wins the friednship of a pack of wolves. After learning the language of the wolves and slowly earning their trust, Julie becomes a member of the pack.

Since its first publication, Julie of The Wolves,winner of thr 1973 Newbery Medal, has found its way into the hearts of millions of readers.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This Newbery Award Book winner is the story of a young Eskimo who runs away from an arranged marriage and survives on the tundra through the nurturing of a wolf pack for many months. The book ends with Julie's return to her father and home. When the author was a nature writer for Reader's Digest, she went to Alaska to do a story on wolves, then a burgeoning new field of study. "I was fascinated and even communicated with one of the reluctant female wolves. What an experience!" It was also on that trip that she met Julia Sebevan, the woman on whom she modeled Julie, who told her much about the old ways of the Eskimos. It was George's first-hand experiences with the wolves and her admiration of the elder society that became the foundation for the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064400589
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Julie of the Wolves Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 46,563
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Craighead George wrote over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and she received a 1960 Newbery Honor for My Side of the Mountain. She continued to write acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world. Her other books with Wendell Minor include The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Everglades; Arctic Son; Morning, Noon, and Night; and Galapagos George.

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Julie of the Wolves


By Jean Craighead George

Thomas T. Beeler Publisher

Copyright © 2004 Jean Craighead George
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1581181213

Excerpt

Chapter One

Miyax pushed back the hood of her sealskin parka and looked at the Arctic sun. It was a yellow disc in a lime-green sky, the colors of six o'clock in the evening and the time when the wolves awoke. Quietly she put down her cooking pot and crept to the top of a dome-shaped frost heave, one of the many earth buckles that rise and fall in the crackling cold of the Arctic winter. Lying on her stomach, she looked across a vast lawn of grass and moss and focused her attention on the wolves she had come upon two sleeps ago. They were wagging their tails as they awoke and saw each other.

Her hands trembled and her heartbeat quickened, for she was frightened, not so much of the wolves, who were shy and many harpoon-shots away, but because of her desperate predicament. Miyax was lost. She had been lost without food for many sleeps on the North Slope of Alaska. The barren slope stretches for two hundred miles from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean, and for more than eight hundred miles from Canada to the Chukchi Sea. No roads cross it; ponds and lakes freckle its immensity. Winds scream across it, and the view in every direction is exactly the same. Somewhere in this cosmos was Miyax; and the very life in her body, its sparkand warmth, depended upon these wolves for survival. And she was not so sure they would help.

Miyax stared hard at the regal black wolf, hoping to catch his eye. She must somehow tell him that she was starving and ask him for food. This could be done she knew, for her father, an Eskimo hunter, had done so. One year he had camped near a wolf den while on a hunt. When a month had passed and her father had seen no game, he told the leader of the wolves that he was hungry and needed food. The next night the wolf called him from far away and her father went to him and found a freshly killed caribou. Unfortunately, Miyax's father never explained to her how he had told the wolf of his needs. And not long afterward he paddled his kayak into the Bering Sea to hunt for seal, and he never returned.

She had been watching the wolves for two days, trying to discern which of their sounds and move ments expressed goodwill and friendship. Most animals had such signals. The little Arctic ground squirrels flicked their tails sideways to notify others of their kind that they were friendly. By imitating this signal with her forefinger, Miyax had lured many a squirrel to her hand. If she could discover such a gesture for the wolves she would be able to make friends with them and share their food, like a bird or a fox.

Propped on her elbows with her chin in her fists, she stared at the black wolf, trying to catch his eye. She had chosen him because he was much larger than the others, and because he walked like her father, Kapugen, with his head high and his chest out. The black wolf also possessed wisdom, she had observed. The pack looked to him when the wind carried strange scents or the birds cried nervously. If he was alarmed, they were alarmed. If he was calm, they were calm.

Long minutes passed, and the black wolf did not look at her. He had ignored her since she first came upon them, two sleeps ago. True, she moved slowly and quietly, so as not to alarm him; yet she did wish he would see the kindness in her eyes. Many animals could tell the difference between hostile hunters and friendly people by merely looking at them. But the big black wolf would not even glance her way.

A bird stretched in the grass. The wolf looked at it. A flower twisted in the wind. He glanced at that. Then the breeze rippled the wolverine ruff on Miyax's parka and it glistened in the light. He did not look at that. She waited. Patience with the ways of nature had been instilled in her by her father. And so she knew better than to move or shout. Yet she must get food or die. Her hands shook slightly and she swallowed hard to keep calm.

Miyax was a classic Eskimo beauty, small of bone and delicately wired with strong muscles. Her face was pearl-round and her nose was flat. Her black eyes, which slanted gracefully, were moist and sparkling. Like the beautifully formed polar bears and foxes of the north, she was slightly short-limbed. The frigid environment of the Arctic has sculptured life into compact shapes. Unlike the long-limbed, long-bodied animals of the south that are cooled by dispensing heat on extended surfaces, all live things in the Arctic tend toward compactness, to conserve heat.

The length of her limbs and the beauty of her face were of no use to Miyax as she lay on the lichenspeckled frost heave in the midst of the bleak tundra. Her stomach ached and the royal black wolf was carefully ignoring her.

"Amaroq, ilaya, wolf, my friend," she finally called. "Look at me. Look at me."

She spoke half in Eskimo and half in English, as if the instincts of her father and the science of the gussaks, the white-faced, might evoke some magical combination that would help her get her message through to the wolf.

Amaroq glanced at his paw and slowly turned his head her way without lifting his eyes. He licked his shoulder. A few matted hairs sprang apart and twinkled individually. Then his eyes sped to each of the three adult wolves that made up his pack and finally to the five pups who were sleeping in a fuzzy mass near the den entrance. The great wolf's eyes softened at the sight of the little wolves, then quickly hardened into brittle yellow jewels as he scanned the flat tundra.



Continues...


Excerpted from Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George Copyright © 2004 by Jean Craighead George. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Part I Amaroq, the Wolf 1
Part II Miyax, the Girl 71
Part III Kapugen, the Hunter 105
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First Chapter

Julie of the Wolves

Chapter One

Miyax pushed back the hood of her sealskin parka and looked at the Arctic sun. It was a yellow disc in a lime-green sky, the colors of six o'clock in the evening and the time when the wolves awoke. Quietly she put down her cooking pot and crept to the top of a dome-shaped frost heave, one of the many earth buckles that rise and fall in the crackling cold of the Arctic winter. Lying on her stomach, she looked across a vast lawn of grass and moss and focused her attention on the wolves she had come upon two sleeps ago. They were wagging their tails as they awoke and saw each other.

Her hands trembled and her heartbeat quickened, for she was frightened, not so much of the wolves, who were shy and many harpoon-shots away, but because of her desperate predicament. Miyax was lost. She had been lost without food for many sleeps on the North Slope of Alaska. The barren slope stretches for two hundred miles from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean, and for more than eight hundred miles from Canada to the Chukchi Sea. No roads cross it; ponds and lakes freckle its immensity. Winds scream across it, and the view in every direction is exactly the same. Somewhere in this cosmos was Miyax; and the very life in her body, its spark and warmth, depended upon these wolves for survival. And she was not so sure they would help.

Miyax stared hard at the regal black wolf, hoping to catch his eye. She must somehow tell him that she was starving and ask him for food. This could be done she knew, for her father, an Eskimo hunter, had done so. One year he had camped near a wolf den while on a hunt. When a month had passed and her father had seen no game, he told the leader of the wolves that he was hungry and needed food. The next night the wolf called him from far away and her father went to him and found a freshly killed caribou. Unfortunately, Miyax's father never explained to her how he had told the wolf of his needs. And not long afterward he paddled his kayak into the Bering Sea to hunt for seal, and he never returned.

She had been watching the wolves for two days, trying to discern which of their sounds and move ments expressed goodwill and friendship. Most animals had such signals. The little Arctic ground squirrels flicked their tails sideways to notify others of their kind that they were friendly. By imitating this signal with her forefinger, Miyax had lured many a squirrel to her hand. If she could discover such a gesture for the wolves she would be able to make friends with them and share their food, like a bird or a fox.

Propped on her elbows with her chin in her fists, she stared at the black wolf, trying to catch his eye. She had chosen him because he was much larger than the others, and because he walked like her father, Kapugen, with his head high and his chest out. The black wolf also possessed wisdom, she had observed. The pack looked to him when the wind carried strange scents or the birds cried nervously. If he was alarmed, they were alarmed. If he was calm, they were calm.

Long minutes passed, and the black wolf did not look at her. He had ignored her since she first came upon them, two sleeps ago. True, she moved slowly and quietly, so as not to alarm him; yet she did wish he would see the kindness in her eyes. Many animals could tell the difference between hostile hunters and friendly people by merely looking at them. But the big black wolf would not even glance her way.

A bird stretched in the grass. The wolf looked at it. A flower twisted in the wind. He glanced at that. Then the breeze rippled the wolverine ruff on Miyax's parka and it glistened in the light. He did not look at that. She waited. Patience with the ways of nature had been instilled in her by her father. And so she knew better than to move or shout. Yet she must get food or die. Her hands shook slightly and she swallowed hard to keep calm.

Miyax was a classic Eskimo beauty, small of bone and delicately wired with strong muscles. Her face was pearl-round and her nose was flat. Her black eyes, which slanted gracefully, were moist and sparkling. Like the beautifully formed polar bears and foxes of the north, she was slightly short-limbed. The frigid environment of the Arctic has sculptured life into compact shapes. Unlike the long-limbed, long-bodied animals of the south that are cooled by dispensing heat on extended surfaces, all live things in the Arctic tend toward compactness, to conserve heat.

The length of her limbs and the beauty of her face were of no use to Miyax as she lay on the lichenspeckled frost heave in the midst of the bleak tundra. Her stomach ached and the royal black wolf was carefully ignoring her.

"Amaroq, ilaya, wolf, my friend," she finally called. "Look at me. Look at me."

She spoke half in Eskimo and half in English, as if the instincts of her father and the science of the gussaks, the white-faced, might evoke some magical combination that would help her get her message through to the wolf.

Amaroq glanced at his paw and slowly turned his head her way without lifting his eyes. He licked his shoulder. A few matted hairs sprang apart and twinkled individually. Then his eyes sped to each of the three adult wolves that made up his pack and finally to the five pups who were sleeping in a fuzzy mass near the den entrance. The great wolf's eyes softened at the sight of the little wolves, then quickly hardened into brittle yellow jewels as he scanned the flat tundra. Julie of the Wolves. Copyright © by Jean George. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    A must read for everyone

    I read this book in fifth grade and honestly this is what encouraged me to be an author; it's realistic yet so breath-takingly mystical. It's instantly a classic and all ages should read this over and over again. Anyone who loves adventure and 'coming of age' books will absolutely adore this book.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

    I fell in Love with this Book!

    Julie, a girl my age in an unwanted marraige. Wow,I couldn't dream of being married! She runs away from that experience, hoping to find her penpal in San Francisco. After the first few days of traveling she finds herself lost, hungry,and cold. Detirmined for survial she is helped out by a pack of wolves who let her into thier pack. Throughout the story she grows a loving bond with her new family. But when hunters come along in their helicopters she finds her world tumbleing down. It made me cry! Hunting wolves could be illegal today if people would realize that wolves are intelligent and endangered animals.There are so few left in the world. They deserve to live thier lives in peace. This story really opened my eyes to the problems of today.I recomend this to eveyone. It's very important for us to learn about wolves before it's to late. ~ ColleenHellenYost

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Julie of the wolves

    My friend who is 10 told me not to read this book. I asked her why and she said it was inapropriate so if youare 12 or under dont waste ur money unless u like reading inapropriate books and ifso that is wrong

    6 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Julie of the Wolfs

    This book is the best Newbery Medal winning book I have read

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Beutiful

    The book makes you think. Changes your mind about how wolfs are and how we kill for fun, wolfs kill for survival. Also it gives you different perspective on a simple life, being at one with nature. I recomend this book to anyone with a open mind.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Inaproprate!!!!!!

    Personally, I do like wolves. They are friendly animals. But don't buy!!! The story is sooo messy and stupid with this then that! It's not funny with inaproprate things in it! Don't buy!!!

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    A Childhood Classic

    I love this book from my childhood. The writing is beautifully descriptive and the elements of danger and survival make for a gripping read. Through this book the reader is able to be transported to faraway lands deep in the Arctic where the wind can be cruel and the wilderness can be unforgiving. I love reading this during the hot summer weeks and I can almost feel the snow and ice as I read. I would recommend this book to any fans of adventure, survival, animal-bonding stories and stories of personal growth or coming-of-age. <3

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Dont waste your time

    Stupid

    4 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Unknown

    This is a wonderful book. It gives people a different perspective on wolves they don't kill for fun but for there survival. Also they don't kill alot only what they need but not healthy animals sick or old ones. Awsome book have to reed it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Not the best

    Me amd my friends read this book and all of us thought that it was kind of pointless... i probably would say not to read it.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    A Great Read for Young Minds

    I read this when I was in elementary school, and I could not put it down. This was one of my favorite series growing up. The story centers around a strong, female protagonist who is still barely a child. The emotional and physical hardships that she endures would have even some adults on their knees in despair. She not only has to survive in a harsh physical world, she has to survive and maneuver through the dualities of both her native culture and norms, and that of her American culture. I highly recommend this to young readers as it will give them an insight not only about nature, but about people and what it means to "grow up."

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    not for children at all!!!!!!!!

    i dont like this book fo it contains rape and it is not for children i highly disliked it i had to explain to my child what it ment very unexpected to be given to children of this age! waste of time, waste of money

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2006

    Julie of the wolves

    To be honest with you... this book is highly un-recommended. I had to read this book in 5th grade and i highly disliked it. i would not recommend this book to anyone.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    Strongly DISLIKE this book!

    I am in 5th grade and have to read this book for my literature circle in school. It puts me to sleep every time I read it. Daniel's character is really weird because he is only thirteen and he is married. I don't like the setting in the Alaskan tundra. The character of Miyax is also weird, for the same reason that Daniel's character is weird. Who cares about the wolves? I would DEFINITELY not recommend this ever in a billion years because I think it is dull, boring, and stupid. It is a total waste of time and energy!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    JuLiE oF ThE WoLvEs...

    i think this book was boring... i barely started reading it and i really wish i didnt have to!! but i have to for school... i think this book is really boring and irelivent! i hope to never read a book like this again!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    Inappropriate Content for Children

    In a section of the book is a description of the main character's rape by her husband. This is definately not a book that children need to read. My 5th grader was given the book and the class was told not to read page such and such and of course they all did. I had to explain to her what rape was. There are too many other good books for children to read. Take a stand and help your school ban this book

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    Unappropriate content for children.

    My fourth grade daughter read this book and the children in her class had certain pages marked to share with other students. There are too many good books to allow our youth to read content of this nature.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    The rape scene is completely inappropriate in children's book. F

    The rape scene is completely inappropriate in children's book. For the life of me, I cannot understand how anyone can possibly feel it is OK for a child to read a description of such a terrifying and graphic sexual assault. I would give this zero stars if I could. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Uhhhhhhh

    This bok was to put it lightly...odd. Personally I love wolves and the artic but this book was something I couldnt get into. I wouldnt waste your time. If you insist on the read, check it out at the library. Dont waste money.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    6th Grade

    When I was in 6th grade, the day right before Christmas break, my teacher told us we had to read this book over our break. So of course, I had no choice but to read it. I was so bored with it, I waited until the last day to read half of the book. I'm a total animal lover (you can tell by my personal information) and I still disliked this book. It was very boring and unintresting. The whole story seemed to repeat part after part after part. Like a couple of people mentioned, it's very inappropriate because, it really does talk about how her husband raped her, which I thought was very uncalled for. This book is so boring, when we came back to school, our language arts teacher asked us to raise our hands to see how many people read the book, including me, I think five people at the most raised their hands. She gave them a couple more days to read it, so I eventually, I asked some people what they thought, and every comment said it was boring. To prove how bad the book to me was, I personally love wolves because dogs are descendants of the wolf, and I still didn't like the book. I thought this book was also very hard to understand too. I REALLY couldn't stand this book. I hope you like it better than I did if you have to read it. DON'T waste your money on it if you don't have too, it's NOT a good book, and I love wolves.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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