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Julie's Wolf Pack

Julie's Wolf Pack

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by Jean Craighead George

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From the author of the Newbery Medal–winning Julie of the Wolves and its sequel, Julie, comes a third exciting adventure about the wolf pack that saved the life of a young girl when she was lost on the tundra. Julie has returned to her family, but her wolf pack has a story all its own. Fearless but inexperienced Kapu is now the new leader of the pack.


From the author of the Newbery Medal–winning Julie of the Wolves and its sequel, Julie, comes a third exciting adventure about the wolf pack that saved the life of a young girl when she was lost on the tundra. Julie has returned to her family, but her wolf pack has a story all its own. Fearless but inexperienced Kapu is now the new leader of the pack. He must protect his wolves from the threats of famine and disease and, at the same time, defend himself from bitter rivals, both inside and outside the pack, who are waiting for their chance to overthrow him. The strength of Kapu's leadership will determine not just the well-being of the pack but its very survival.

Jean Craighead George's research and first-hand observation form this engrossing, epic tale that's sure to draw readers into the fascinating world of wolves.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Keeping the focus on the wolves introduced in her Newbery-winning Julie of the Wolves, George writes "with astounding intimacy" and "complete command" of the animal world, said PW in a starred review. Ages 10-up. (Mar.)
VOYA - Susan Dunn
A warning: this book is not very much like the first two in the Julie series. If readers are expecting a similar story, they will be disappointed. Julie is in this book, but as a minor character. This is more a study and narrative of the lives of the Avalik pack of wolves that saved her life and then adopted her and became her second family. Kapu, son of Amaroq and Silver, became the leader of the Avalik pack after his father's death. However, Kapu is young and inexperienced, and it normally takes many years-years he does not have-for a pack leader to develop. Kapu struggles to maintain his authority over his rival, Raw Bones, and to protect his pack from an outsider who carries the rabies virus. This book provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of arctic wolves. George obviously knows her stuff. Those readers who are patient enough to stick with the book will come away having gained a new knowledge of wolves and greater respect for the difficulties and small tragedies of the natural cycle of life. However, it will take a dedicated reader to start and finish a book that has so little human interaction or characters, especially fans who want to read more about Julie. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
In Julie of the Wolves and its sequel Julie, George introduced readers to the fascinating life of Julie and her interaction with a pack of wolves on the Arctic tundra and in northern Alaska. In this fabulous continuation of the story, the story is no longer from Julie's perspective but rather from the wolves' point of view. Through the minds of the different members of the Julie's wolf pack, the story of their fight for survival unfurls. The young leader Kapu struggles to keep his position from internal opposition within the pack. The entire pack faces a strange illness along with a food shortage that endangers their lives along with the lives of their new pups. Following several years in the lives of these wolves is engaging reading. Julie, the protagonist in the other novels, appears as a strong human presence throughout the book, and helps the wolves whenever she can while going forward with her own plans for the future which may separate her from her beloved wolves.
Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
If your kids loved the Newbery-winning "Julie of the Wolves" and its sequel, "Julie," they'll no doubt love "Julie's Wolf Pack." You'll love it, too, if anthropomorphism is your bag. If not, not. The story is told almost entirely from the point of view of the wolves - an exciting, crowded tale that's a veritable soap opera of intrigue, romance and some literal backbiting. George manages to pull this off without a whiff of adorableness. Possibly it's because she has studied wolf behavior for 25 years, and obviously respects the animals' wilder tendencies as much as she does their more "human" traits of caring for the young, helping the sick and mating for life. Come to think of it, the wolves could teach some of us a thing or two.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8Drawing upon her knowledge of wolf behavior, Eskimo culture, and Alaska, George continues the story of Kapu, the splendid male pup Julie nursed back to life in Julie of the Wolves (HarperCollins, 1972). This third adventure chronicles six years in the life of Kapu and his pack family. The animals are convincingly depicted with such respect and affection that readers will feel as though they too are in the wild rooting for the pack in times of famine, admiring Sweet Fur Amy whose unusual leadership abilities enable her to become an Alpha female, and feeling anger when Kapu is captured for research. The book is divided into three parts that suit the episodic plotting style; the strongest segment occurs in the middle when a lone female infected with rabies joins the pack, threatening the lives of its members. The writing is laden with natural descriptions and keen observations, some of which interrupt the story's flow, but this rich detail is also the book's strength. The perspective of the wolves is effectively maintained, but their encounters with hunters, veterinarians, and government researchers provide a framework for the different factions that must learn to coexist if this resilient yet fragile species is to survive. Those who have enjoyed Julie's story thus far will want to read this latest encounter in which she grows up, attends college, and comes full circle back to the tundra, this time to study her beloved wolves with her new husband, Peter Sugluk.Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Completing the switch in narrative view begun in Julie (1994), the sequel to Julie of the Wolves (1972), George continues her tale of the Avalik River pack entirely from the standpoint of its members: Kapu, the young new alpha; his daughter and successor, Sweet Fur Amy; Ice Blink, a lone wolf who carries rabies—and Willow Pup Julie, who lives in town but puts in appearances to inspect new pups or perform rescues. George invests all of her characters equally with expressive language, customary patterns of behavior, distinct personalities, and rich emotional lives. The wolfpack culture is complex and thoroughly articulated; readers who follow Kapu through seasons fat and lean, births, deaths, and challenges (serious, but always bloodless) to his leadership will be as devastated as the pack is when he is trapped and removed for a scientific experiment. Working mostly offstage, Julie engineers his return, but he does not rejoin the pack. The rhythms of life on the tundra are slow ones, and the only deaths George describes explicitly are those of wolves who succumb to the contagion that Ice Blink brings; the result is a story that flows at an even, deliberate pace, without—save for the brief outbreak of rabies—much suspense or sense of danger.

The wolf's-eye view will draw new readers to the books, but fans of the first books, already well-versed in wolf society, may find many of the situations repetitive.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Julie of the Wolves Series
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5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.46(d)
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8 - 12 Years

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The wolves of the Avalik River ran in and out among the musk oxen. Their ruffs rippled like banners. Ice crystals danced up from their feet. The pack swirled like a twist of wind-blown snow. Their yellow eyes flashed and dimmed in the coming and going of the ice mist. Like the snow, they made no sound.
The musk oxen stopped and stared at the enemy. Then they lowered their shaggy heads and pawed down to the new grass growing under the snow. Their breath rose in steamy clouds and froze on their brows.
Kapu, the young leader of the wolf pack, reared on his hind legs, leaped to point the way, and led his clan to a turquoise-blue rise on the treeless Arctic tundra.
He carried himself proudly, with his chest forward and his head high. His black fur was brushed to a shine by the wind. His body was strongly muscled. He was the leader of the wolf pack that had saved the life of the young Eskimo girl, Miyax--whose English name was Julie Edwards--when she was lost on the Arctic tundra. She, in turn, had saved them by leading them to a new food source during the great caribou famine. The Yupik and Inupiat Eskimos of Kangik called them "Julie's wolf pack."
Kapu was keenly aware of Julie. She was not far away. He whisked his tail. She had read his message to the oxen, for she was no longer afraid that he would kill one. The villagers collected the wool from these sturdy animals to weave into light, warm clothing, and they zealously protected them.
"We are not hunting you," Kapu had said to the oxen with his body movements. "We chase you for the joy of it. We are wolves of the caribou."
Kapu and his followers were having fun. The shaggy herd deciphered this and returned totheir grazing. Julie deciphered it and told her father,
Kapugen. He chuckled and slipped his arm around her shoulders. The two walked quietly home.
Kapu wagged his tail. Chasing the oxen was a fine wolf joke. His rime-gray mate, Aaka, playfully spanked the ground with her forepaws, her rear end in the air. Zing--the beta, or second in command--enjoyed the joke even more than Kapu. His breathing came faster, and the pupils of his eyes enlarged ever so slightly. He smiled by lifting his lips from his glistening teeth. Pearly-white Silver, Kapu's mother, and her ill-tempered new mate, Raw Bones, also smiled. But Amy, Kapu's night-black daughter, did not get the joke. She was not old enough to know that her pack preferred caribou to musk oxen. Nor did she know that some packs harvest only deer and ignore moose, or harvest moose and caribou and ignore deer. Others take elk; a few take musk oxen. When the Avalik River Pack had a choice, they were wolves of the caribou. Wolves have their cultures.
The adolescent Amy studied the curled horns and bony brows of the musk oxen, then looked at her regal father. If he thought the chase was fun, then she did, too. She wagged her tail.
Amy could not possibly know that her pack were caribou wolves. She had been born in a caribou famine. These big Arctic deer had failed to come to Avalik territory for many years. The pack had taken what food they could find--a musk ox killed by a grizzly bear, rabbits, lemmings. Late in the fall they were able to add an occasional moose to their diet, but by March of her first year Amy's pack was starving again. The moose were gone. The wolves grew thin. They tired easily. When the breeding season arrived that month, her parents did not mate. Aaka, her mother, was undernourished. There had not been enough food for her to develop healthy puppies.
The rangy, self-important Raw Bones knew well that the pack had not had enough to eat for years. Nevertheless, he approached Silver to start their family. Kapu rushed to him. Hair rising on his back, ears erect and pointed forward, Kapu talked to him in the wolf language of posturing. Then he lifted his head above him and rumbled a dark authoritative growl that said plainly, "No pups." It is inherent in the leader of the wolf pack that he uses his judgment and makes such a decision. Raw Bones ignored him. He stepped closer to Silver.
Kapu bared his teeth and drew the corners of his mouth forward. His forehead wrinkled.
Raw Bones challenged this reprimand with a jaw snap. Kapu grabbed the back of his neck but did not clamp down with his bone-crushing jaws. He did not need to. He was saying, "I am the leader. No pups." Raw Bones drew his ears back and close to his head. He pulled his tail between his legs and lowered his body. This posture said, "You are the leader. I submit to you."
Obediently Raw Bones slunk off to the edge of the pack in the manner of a chastised wolf citizen. But he did not mean it.
He glanced back to see if Kapu was looking at him. If not, he would sneak-attack him. Kapu was looking. He displayed one canine tooth. It shone lethal white against the black of his lips. "Don't dare," it said. Raw Bones lay down. Rumbling sounds of peevishness rolled in his chest. He did not like being dominated, especially by a younger male.
Kapu did not completely relax. Raw Bones was his rival. He wanted to be leader of the Avaliks, Kapu's pack. He had been alpha male wolf of the Upper Colville River Pack for many years. Then the famine struck. One by one the members of his pack starved to death until he was the only one left alive. When his new mate, Silver, joined him, they survived on rabbits and other small mammals and waited for the famine to end and the feasting to begin.

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's Wolf Pack 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
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nannyl More than 1 year ago
Another great Jean Craighead George book. All her books are excellent. This one shows us that we can co-exist with nature.
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I received this book on a whim when I was nine and had no idea what I was getting into. It turned into an amazing story. I grew-up with a great love of wolves and they still remain my favorite animal even now that I'm 18. The author did an amazing job at describing the lives of this pack. I went back and read the first two books after this one because I had no idea who Julie was. Overall though, this book was amazing and I would definitely recommend it to any wolf lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the greatest book in HISTORY!!!ilove it better than julie of the wolves and julie because it tells more about the wolf pack than julie/miyax.but read the other books first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was unbelieveable! The pack's life is shown in such great detail, it's truly awe-inspiring. I love Lichen, Sweet Fur Amy, Aaka and Silver! The best book in the trilogy- I highly recommended it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This last book in the Julie of the Wolves trilogy was truly the insparation for me to start writing. George has given amazing insight into the world of arctic wolves. I had long thought about writing my own book, but this one truly made my decision to craft my own story of Arctic life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the best out of the trilogy by far. You really get to see into the lives of Kapu and the other wolves. You can tell that Ms. George has spent alot of time researching and studying the wonder that is the arctic wolf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was the best out of the three because it focused on the wolves! i love the whole pack! i am currently working on my own wolf novel, and these book were my inspiration! (zing is the best character)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book ws great! I've read it five times. What happened to Ice Blink was sad. She was such a nice wolf. It was too bad a lot of the wolves and pups died. I think what Dr.Hardy did was mean. He had no right to take Kapu fom the wild and test him like a lab rat. He was torturing him and Kapu couldn't do anything about it. I'm happy it didn't destroy the pack with great idea. It's great that Raw Bones is gone, Sweet Fur Amy finally has her pups and Kapu's back! I can't wait until the next book comes out. I wonder what the pups will be named and what will happen between Storm Call and Sweeet Fur Amy and Kapu and Aaka want to be alpha male and female.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book in the Julie of the wolves series. Lots of action and adventure. I read it twice in one day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miyax(Julie) an Eskimo girl, is back, this time, in Julie's Wolf Pack! Kapu, the wolf, and his pack are bigger now. Humans, like Miyax, are trying to vaccinate the wolves from rabies, but some just run away. Uh-oh. The rabies are spreading to other wolves. They become stragglers and are taken in by unaware packs. That is a really easy way to spread rabies, all those wolves in a pack. How will Willow Pup Julie's(Julie's nickname from the wolves when she was helped by them) favorite wolf pack survive? And more importantly, will they survive the epidemic of rabies? I enjoyed reading Julie's Wolf Pack because it portrays wolves acting as they normally would act, and not as predators that bite everything that moves. And eat the prey. Like Julie of the Wolves, its predecessor, the same pack is the pack Julie is going to try to save. Kapu's father, Amaroq, was killed by humans. I like how the human beings' true natures are not covered up, but exposed by Jean Craighead George. I like her descriptive way of writing. In this book, her(Miyax) feelings are shown clearly. It is shown like in Julie of the Wolves. My favorite parts are the wolves' names. They are like Native American names. I like the wolves' names because they are very descriptive about them. Examples are Cloud Berry and Sweet Fur Amy. I recommend this book for people who like animals and like reading about their behavior and how they feel. Jean Craighead George has also written some other books. Examples are Julie of the Wolves, as I already mentioned, and The Talking Earth. Her books are always interesting. If you really like nature, read her books! :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book a lot. I love the whole survile thing. i havn't read the next book yet but i am hoping the Kapu will come back and i also hope that Sweet fur Amy will make a good alpha. I can't wait to see what will happen if Kapu does come back and finds out that his daughter has taken over the pack. i wounder if they will fight for leadership.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book, 'Julie Of The Wolves', and Finding out about the other two I had to keep reading them. After reading the second book, 'Julie', I read the third book in the Series and fell in love again. Ever since then I hasve been reading and re-reading the books as the enjoyment never seemed to cease.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Julie's Wolf Pack the best out of the three. Although it is sad, it is exciting and adventurous at the same time. I especially liked how there was a section that was somewhat like a family tree. I widely recommend this book to all adventure/survival readers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it so much!!!! Even though my name is Julie, I loved the book about the wolves. It was very confusing in the beginning but it got more interesting and exciting. I wondered why did Kapu and Aaka's pups pass away. But in the book and in real life it was the way of survival. I really loved it and read it every second when I had the chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Julie's Wolf Pack is the first story I have ever read about the culture and lives a wolf pack. This book was a little hard to get into. There are alot of main characters at he begining of the book and it is a little confusing, but once a reader grasps what is going on and who each character is the book is hard to put down. George does a great job portraying the wolf's culture and rules. The reader is able to relate the way of the wolf's life and make connections back to human nature. Julie's Wolf Pack has all the elements of a great read. This book has character develpment, plot, setting and creates suspense right up until the very end of the book. This book did not end the way I had expected. After following the whole life of the wolf and sharing the wolf's experiances through reading I had built up a ending in my mind, and this did not happen. I was not at all dissapointed with this book,or the way it ended. If the reader wants to read a great book and learn a good deal about the wolfpack culture, this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite book. It's full of characters,action,suspense,and drama. Kapu is the greatest character out of the males and Sweet Fur Amy is the best out of the females. If you like wolves read this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best out of the three. It was sad,cute,and,funny. It tells about the wolves life. I loved this one!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best book i have ever read in my entire life, i had to read 3 books this summer and this was the last book, i guess the saying save the best for last is true because i think everyone that has read this book will agree this is the best book they have read, because that is what i would say if you asked me! so please give this book a shot and start reading it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book, and plan to buy the next two, but I would like to speak my anger in the fact that one of the reviewing people gave away a very big spoiler, that ruined the book for me. Thanks alot.