Julie of the Wolves Paperback – Illustrated, July 2 2019
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- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (July 2 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0064400581
- ISBN-13 : 978-0064400589
- Item weight : 159 g
- Dimensions : 13 x 1.14 x 19.35 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
★ “[Julie’s] patient, intelligent courting of the animals and her resourcefulness in keeping herself alive are meticulously observed.” -- Kirkus Reviews (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 onslaught of civilization.” -- ALA Booklist
“The whole book has a rare, intense reality which the artist enhances beautifully with animated drawings.” -- The Horn Book
“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
“Similar to Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Julie of the Wolves is a story about survival.” (from the article “15 Banned Books Every Tween and Teen Should Read”) -- Brightly
From the Back Cover
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.
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.
Top reviews from Canada
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I re-bought it for my kindle and loved it.
Several days out, she is having trouble finding food, but she is able to study the habits of a pack of wolves and learn how they communicate. She becomes a part of their pack and they look out for her on her journey. When she does finally get to the town, there is a BIG surprise waiting for her - but I won't spoil that for you.
Like any of George's books, this book sends a message of how "civilization" has gotten out of town and helps people to vicariously move out into the country and survive off of the land. My only problem is the three sections of the book can be a little incongruous and occasionally there are some very long passages between natural break points making the book that much more difficult for middle grade readers. However, if this it the right book for them due to the topic, they will be deal with the length of the sections.
Why 4 stars?:
The sections can be long, but it is written on a level that appeals to its target audience. It is somewhat selective, as the naturists, and those who are against the increasing spread of cities and decreasing of natural environments will appreciate it. There is also a strong sense of pride in one's heritage that comes out.
When I first started Julie of the Wolves, I had no idea what to expect. I was in for a big surprise. I've read two other books by Jean Craighead George, both quite different than this book in two ways: First, Sam (of My Side of the Mountain and its sequel The Far Side of the Mountain) chooses to leave the modern world and live in the wilderness, whereas Julie is running away from a marriage when she gets lost in the wilderness on the way to Point Hope, where her pen-pal lives. (It was news to me that Eskimos married at thirteen. I doubt anyone would even think of marrying that early these days.) Second, the protagonist of Julie of the Wolves is a girl. (Sam, of course, is a boy, although both characters are roughly the same age.) This book is realistic. Everything Miyax/Julie does to survive seems sensible and what I would do if I got lost in the wilderness. At the bookstore, don't pass by this book. Pick it up and read the back. It should spark your interest. (For more cool reads, check out the other books I've reviewed.)
Julie is a young girl trying to survive alone on the Arctic tundra. She learns how to communicate with a pack of wolves and in doing so she was able to stay alive. This shows that if we work with animals, we can learn more about the world around us. Because we do not want this knowledge to be lost, we as humans must do out best to save and protect animals. This lesson relates to the current issue of drilling for oil in Alaska. While some people want to destroy the tundra's beauty in exchange for money, they forget the important of the rare life and beauty of the arctic wilderness.
Another vital lesson of the story relates is about the struggle between the Eskimo culture and the American traditions. In the beginning, Julie is a mix of Eskimo and American, which is displayed by her two names, Miyax (Eskimo name) and Julie (American). Towards the end of the book, the Eskimo culture begins to die out. Miyax is unaware of this throughout the novel because of her isolation from society.
This book deserves its four stars because of its many morals and its incredible descriptions of the tundra. The only reason this book lost a star is because, at times, the lack of dialogue gets slightly boring. Otherwise, it is an excellent, thought-provoking book.
Top reviews from other countries
It's not a fluffy book of sunshine for a child to read. It talks about a little girl and her experience with a wolf pack in the tundra of Alaska. As a child, I loved this book very much.
It's twenty odd years later and I remember from the blue this book when colleagues at work were trying to find interesting books for their children. I even recommended it to my friends at work for their children to read it. It's very adult-like for a child's book and it's worth being on the shelf that I 've ordered it for my collection.
After reading it she was interested in lots of nature things! We discussed also a lot of things from the Book so she could understand it better . I think even today the story can open up the children minds for Problems of other nations, they never heard of before, cause it is so fare away and not on dayly news!