Julie of the Wolves Paperback – Sep 16 2003
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Miyax, like many adolescents, is torn. But unlike most, her choices may determine whether she lives or dies. At 13, an orphan, and unhappily married, Miyax runs away from her husband's parents' home, hoping to reach San Francisco and her pen pal. But she becomes lost in the vast Alaskan tundra, with no food, no shelter, and no idea which is the way to safety. Now, more than ever, she must look hard at who she really is. Is she Miyax, Eskimo girl of the old ways? Or is she Julie (her "gussak"-white people-name), the modernized teenager who must mock the traditional customs? And when a pack of wolves begins to accept her into their community, Miyax must learn to think like a wolf as well. If she trusts her Eskimo instincts, will she stand a chance of surviving? John Schoenherr's line drawings suggest rather than tell about the compelling experiences of a girl searching for answers in a bleak landscape that at first glance would seem to hold nothing. Fans of Jean Craighead George's stunning, Newberry Medal-winning coming-of-age story won't want to miss Julie (1994) and Julie's Wolf Pack (1998). (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“The whole book has a rare, intense reality which the artist enhances beautifully with animated drawings.” (The Horn Book)
“Jean George has captured the subtle nuances of Eskimo life, animal habits, the pain of growing up, and combines these elements into a thrilling adventure which is, at the same time, a poignant love story.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“The evocatively written, empathetic story effectively evokes the nature of wolves and dramatizes how the traditional Eskimo way of life is giving way before the relentless onlaught of civilization.” (ALA Booklist)
“It is a book anyone who loves the outdoors will find hard to forget.” (Boston Globe)
“[Jean Craighead George’s] novel is packed with expert wolf lore, its narrative beautifully conveying the sweeping vastness of tundra as well as many other aspects of the Arctic, ancient and modern, animal and human. It is refreshing to see the Arctic well portrayed through a woman’s eyes.” (New York Times)
From the Publisher
Jean Craighead George's Newbery acceptance speech
In Mount McKinley National Park we found Gordon Haber cutting wood beside his cabin at Sanctuary River. Jays sang around him, and ground squirrels watched him, for Gordon was part of the ecology. He had spent three summers with the wolves and was preparing for his second winter. When I explained that I was in Alaska to write about wolves, he took Luke and me to watch a pack at their summer den.
For ten days we lay on our bellies, peering through a spotting scope and binoculars at these remarkable beasts. We saw the black alpha awaken, saw his pack nuzzle him under the chin ceremoniously, heard him open the hunt song with a solo. When all were alert, he would swing through the willows, his huntsmen at his heels, to test their crop of moose and caribou for harvesting. We never witnessed a kill, but we saw the ravens hover over kills and the hunters return home as fat as barrels to regurgitate food for their pups. We watched the puppies play bone ball, tug o’war, 'jump on the babysitter'; and we became wholly involved in wolves. Luke, who had come to Alaska to fish, never strung up his rod again.
One dawn we joined Haber on a trip to the deserted nursery den of his pack. We hiked through bog, sphagnum moss, and over the tundra to a remote valley. Pushing our way through tangled willows, we climbed to a bluff high above the river. There in a layer of white sand was the birthing den, a generous tunnel dug into the earth. It was topped with flowers and set beneath a small garden of twisted spruce. The entire home expressed family love. A play yard was worn in front of the den. Around it were the large saucer-like beds of adults. I could envision them watching the tumbling pups, grins on their faces.
Most heartwarming, however, was a shaft that led straight down to the nursery chamber. It was a sort of telephone. During the first few weeks after birthing when the female remains in the den with the pups, the other adults stand over this hole and listen to the sounds from the den below: whimpers, sucking sounds, the contented grunts of happy puppies. When an adult wags his tail, he says, “all is well”; and the other wolves wag their tails, too.
Just before leaving the den site, I sat down beside the entrance and scanned the wide valley. I wanted to see the rocks and mountains as the wolf sees them. I looked down, and my blood turned to ice. There below was an enormous grizzly, head down, fur swinging as he came down our trail. Instinct warned me to stand still, but reason told Gordon to act. He wanted us ahead of the bear so that we would not meet him face to face when he turned around to go home. “Run!” Haber said. Luke shot off like a prong-horn antelope; Gordon like a deer. I ran as if I were weighted down with lead, but I must have been zooming. As I leaped down a frost heave, I passed a jay in flight.
When we were safely ahead of the bear, we heard a wild sound as if an orchestra were tuning up. I looked back. On the top of the hill stood the female wolf and her nine fat puppies, who bounded forward to greet us. One yip from their mother, and all the pups vanished. If there was any doubt in my mind that wolves speak to each other, it was banished in that moment.
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One of my reasons why I liked this book is, it's so descriptive. You can easily picture the characters and their surroundings just by reading a few sentences. Such as this quote, "Her face was pearl-round and her nose was flat. Her black eyes, which slanted gracefully, were moist and sparkling."
Another reason why I like this book is, it gives me an idea of how the environment of Alaska is, and how the old, traditional culture of the Eskimos was like. I also like how the book described the relationship between people, and the nature around them, and how they learned how to survive in the wilderness just by observing animals- how to hunt, where to find food, and how to defend yourself against another predator. This quote describes what I mean, "Next she noted that the grasses grew in different spota than the mosses, and the more she studied, the more the face of the tundra emerged; a face that could tell her which way was north, if she had listened more carefully to Kapugen."
My most favorite part of this book was when Miyax begins playing with the puppies of the pack, Zing, Zit, Sister, and Kapu. This reminds me of how enjoyable life can be with friends and family.
It began when Julie's Aunt took her away from Kapugen, her father, to attend school and went to Barrow. Julie was thirteen and old enough to marry. Kapugen happened to meet Nusan, her mother-in-law, in that town. She had said that Julie had ran off and died. But Nusan didn't really know what had happened to Julie. Julie was gone for a very long time after all and most people thought that she died. But Julie was on the tundra with the gentle wolf pack and its kind leader, Amaroq, but Kapugen had killed him and Julie still had the painful memories of that day. But Kapugen always called her Miyax. He was the only person allowed to call her Miyax. Like most Eskimo-Julie has two names, English and Eskimo-Julie Edwards and Miyax Kapugen. But she wondered what would happen to her wolves.
After spending a long time with her pack, Julie picks up the wolf language. She howls and whimpers. And the wolves speak back. She knows what they're feeling by her own natural instinct. But not exactly what they're thinking. After a while, Julie decides to leave Kapu, her wolf and his pack, to go home and live with Kapugen. She is worried that her wolves will follow her and Kapugen finds then because he will shoot her wolves. "Kapugen is like all Eskimo hunters. He will say, 'The wolf gave himself to me'."-Julie of the Wolves.
Julie goes on an adventure to go and find her wolves. To try and make them understand to stay away from Kapugen or he will shoot them. She is very protective of her wolves because they saved her life.Read more ›
She wanted to live with her pen pal Am. Amy called her Julie. Miyax found a bird and named it Tornait, spirit of the birds. One day the hunters killed Amaroq the leader of the wolves. She decided to live in the tundra. They told her Kapugen, her father was still alive. Miyax wanted to live with her father, but founds out that he lived a new life style, not the Eskimo way. Will she go back or stay with the wolves?
I think Miyax was smart because she made a name for each wolf cub. Like Sister, Jello, and Kapu. I also think sheï¿½s very smart because she studied the wolvesï¿½ movements and learned enough to be accepted in the pack. Amaroq is a very good leader. Also a row model for the cubs like Kapu. Because when Amaroq died Kapu became leader.
I really liked this book. Because it shows how far Miyax would go to get a better life. I also liked it because it talks about wolves, and how each wolf is different from each other. I recommend this book to any body that likes animals. Specially wolves, or dogs.
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I hated "Julie of the Wolves." By the time I finished, 15,000,000 questions were swimming in my head, one which was, "How on earth did this win the Newbery? Read morePublished on July 17 2004
I thought Julie of the Wolves was very bad. I loathed it. The reason why was because I hate survival stories because Julie doesn't have a brain. Read morePublished on April 30 2004
Julie of the wolves was not a very good book at all I loathed it.The reason is beacuse I hate survival stories they are very boring and they only think about survival because they... Read morePublished on April 30 2004
Julie of the Wolves
Julie of the Wolves is a touching story that explains the life of a young Eskimo girl named Miyax, or in English, Julie. Read more
Julie of the Wolves is a novel about a girl and a wolf pack, fighting against nature to survive. It is an inspiering book of how Julie fights for her life, and learns to live with... Read morePublished on April 1 2004
I thought it was a good book. But i thought the tundra explanation was very long.Published on March 24 2004
The reason I wanted to read this book because it sounded intersting. I also wanted to know how it would feel to live in Alaska. Read morePublished on March 11 2004
Julie of the Wolves is the fascinating story of 13-year-old Miyax (Julie) who escapes an abusive marriage after her father dies in a boating accident and leaves her with an... Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Maddie Armes
This book is amazingly good. It is a tale about an Eskimo girl named Miyax, or Julie surviving in the wild. She meets a pack of wolves and learns how to talk to them. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004
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