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Julie of the Wolves (Julie of the Wolves #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  45,411 Ratings  ·  1,197 Reviews
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.
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Published (first published January 1st 1972)
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Marie Lu
Aug 19, 2012 Marie Lu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amaroq! Kapu! My heart!!
Dec 13, 2007 Jacqueline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young females who like dogs
at first I thought Julie's observations of wolf behavior to be overly simplistic. It's not just a matter of adopting their vocal cues to one another that will allow you to approach a wild wolf and gain its trust and friendship.

however, after a while I attempted some of the wolf behaviors on my 2 dogs, and was surprised that they seemed to work and be understood. Imagine pippen's surprise when I bit the top of her nose the first time! heh

the grunt whine means come here.
the licking of the chin and
Sep 25, 2011 Catie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catie by: Wendy F
3.5 stars

I’m glad that this is getting re-released, because I think that it deserves to find a new generation of fans. This book is very short (less than one hundred pages) and simply written, but I found it very affecting nonetheless.

The story opens with the Eskimo girl Miyax lost, alone, and starving in the Alaskan wilderness. Her only hope of survival is the nearby wolf pack, and the long ago memory of a tale that her lost father told: of one hard winter when he appealed to a wolf leader for
Dec 03, 2007 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hannah and sylvia
Shelves: newbery, banned-books
This book won the Newbery award in 1973. It is really excellent and quite an amazing story! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Because my husband LOVES Alaska so much, he also read it. Well, I love Alaska too!! We would go back there in 2 split seconds if our children weren't here instead of there.

ALSO this book has been challenged often and can you guess why? Well, these are the ones I could find:

"socialist, communist, evolutionary, and anti-family themes; references to family alcoholism, abuse, and div
The story behind Julie of the Wolves is related in 100 Best Books for Children by Anita Silvey (my review of 100 BEST) :
To research an article for Reader's Digest, George travelled to Alaska to observe scientists who were working on wolf communication. At one point, one of the men walked into a wolf's pen and gently bit the wolf on the top of its nose. The wolf sat down in front of the man, and the two of them communicated in soft whimpers. (pages 94-95)

George never ended up writing the article
***Wanda's Summer Carnival of Children's Literature***

Although I know that I read Julie of the Wolves when I was about 11 years old, I could not recall a single detail of it, just a general impression that it had been an enjoyable book. I think I got much more out of it reading it as an adult!

What I can truly appreciate now is the wonderful depiction of the natural world, the Arctic environment. The author spent some time in Alaska, doing biological research, and her knowledge of the area just
I decided it best to reacquaint myself with this story since it had been such a long time between my original read and this review and let me just say what a difference time has had with this one. My memories were of this little girl who happened to make friends with a pack of wolves while traveling from point A to point B, which consisted of some mildly dangerous wilderness.


Adult me looks at this story now and sees sad. Buckets of it. From beginning to end there is just a whole hell of a
Oct 25, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 08, 2012 Tyler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My younger brother is a rather picky eater. When he eats something he doesn’t like, he clamps his nose with two fingers and swallows the food as quickly as possible while suppressing the gag reflex. For him, some foods just don’t go down as easy as others.
For me, Jean Craghead George’s Julie of the Wolves could hardly go down at all.
It’s a quick and easy read, for ages 10 and up, coming in at about 150 pages, and to be honest, that’s all I could bear.
This 1972 Newberry award winning novel show
Mar 21, 2010 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chris- it has lots of poop!
According to this book, to survive in the tundra you might need to drink from a wolf's teat, collect upchucked food from furred friends, and stuff your pockets full of excrement for fuel. It also doesn't hurt to be be very, very optimistic about life and your chances of survival in general. According to Kapugen, Julie's father, when you're feeling fear you need to change your position. So, when Julie begins to fear life among a new family, she changes position by walking out into barren landsca ...more
A friend at university had a comic book with one of the world's greatest titles: "Beautiful stories for ugly children."

Here we have another one, a Newberry Winner no less.

Two forebodings that dogged me throughout were 1) It read like research that wasn't fully understood. 2) The author has a very English-sounding name.

So...I have some idea how wolves raise their young, how Eskimo compasses are built, and how sleds are made from nothing but ice and string, but this book doesn't give enough expla
Mar 02, 2016 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wolf lovers
I've loved this series since I was young. Of course, I've loved wolves since I was very young, so it always appealed to me in the best way. Suffice it to say, it holds up in an adult reading; I still actually felt teary at one point. That medal was well-deserved.
Jan 06, 2015 Katharine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julie of the wolves Book Report
By: Katharine B.

If you plan to read this book then DO NOT read this book report, due to SPOILERS!

The author of the Newberry award winner of Julie of the Wolves is "Jean Craighead George" and the pictures were made by "John Schoenherr". Jean Craighead has also written books called "My side of the mountain" “the talking earth" and a few others. John Schoenherr was the illustrator of the books called "Gentle Ben" "Owl moon" and some others. The genre of t
Jan 05, 2015 Mia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julie of the Wolves
Written By: Jean Craighead George
Illustrated By: John Schoenherr
Book Report Written By : Mia F.

Julie of the wolves is a great book filled of adventure and suspense. In this book you may think that the narrator would be Julie but Julie isn’t even her real name, the main character’s real name is Miyax. Miyax’s pen pal Amy calls her Julie. You don't actually know who the narrator is because the story is told in second person. this book has 3 sections the first o
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
I was a little bit curious when I saw this book on Netgalley. It's not like the other new releases. Mainly because it's not new at all. It's a Newberry Medal winner published in 1972 repackaged for the ebook market with a shiny new cover (which I like).

Aside from the curiosity two things drew me: Alaska & Eskimos (any variety of Native Americans has this effect on me). Child me loved stories involving Native Americans, obsessively so. I even built a wigwam in the woods once with sticks no jo
1973 Newbery Medal Winner

The wolves were not really enough to hook me on this one--I became more interested as Miyax's back story was explained in the second part. However, in my immaturity I did enjoy sharing the gory details with Hubby: Miyax gets peed on(?) when she joins the wolf pack, eats a wolf's regurgitated stomach contents, tries to suckle from a wolf's teat, eats crane fly larvae, chows down the entrails of some owlets and the liver of a caribou (the candy of the Arctic, yum yum!), an
Mar 11, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud
George's My Side of the Mountain was a huge childhood favorite of mine but I had not read Julie of the Wolves. A friend recently started a Mother-Daughter Book Group and this was the first book we took on. I read it aloud to the whole family and everyone really liked it though we found the ending hard to understand and somewhat unsatisfying. (Readers finally prevailed on George to write a sequel called "Julie" in 1994.) George delineates each wolf so distinctly that there is never any doubt whic ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-reader
Yes, this is one depressing story. Things start bad and generally stay bad and guess what - end bad. Anything positive is temporary, but Julie is a survivor. She's not afraid to walk away from a bad situation and she's not afraid to be alone. There's a lesson for us all. The author gives us a slice of Eskimo life during a tragic transition from old to new ways. It would have been unauthentic to give the book a happy ending.
Brianna *BriBri*
Sep 29, 2011 Brianna *BriBri* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Frankly Frankie
Mar 15, 2016 Frankly Frankie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-as-a-child
Oh my! Didn't realize this was a series when I was younger. May have to re-read.
Apr 22, 2015 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jocelyn by: We got it from the library to practice our reading skills.
There are spoilers in my review. Read with caution. -Jocelyn Kuntz

Julie of the Wolves is a very powerful book about Julie an Eskimo girl. Julie is her English name Miyax is her Eskimo name. Miyax lives with her Father because her Mother has already died. After living with her father for some time she goes and lives with her Aunt. While she lives with her Aunt she hears that her Father got lost when he went hunting. Her Aunt sends her to be wed on the other side of the tundra. Miyax though only
Cucumber (Isaiah)
Julie Of The Wolves Book Report
By: Isaiah A. Ortiz
Room #; A307
=======Spoiler Alert!=======

The Author is Jean Craighead George and the Illustrator is John Schoenherr. Jean Craighead George is the author of many well-known children's books such as: My Side Of The Mountain, The Cry Of The Crow, and The Summer Of The Falcon. The Narrator is Miyax, a young Eskimo girl. The point of view is 1st person because Miyax is the person telling the story. The 1st person point of view affects the story by th
Feb 02, 2008 Deidre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeg-s-shelf
I read this when I was a youngster- all I remember is that I named my cat's kittens after the wolves in this book probably in 6th grade.. and then again with my son who loves Call of the Wild and anything on wolves. I think it is of the same caliber as My Side of the Mountain and Island of the Blue Dolphins in authenticity. I love these books that give an appreciation for nature and the relationships with animal companions and surviving the elements in creative ways.
Mai Person
It was such an amazing book. At first I really didn't like Julie but I soon grew to understand why she was like that and the ending is so sad. :')
Clare O'Beara
This is a delightful but sad story of a young woman who decides she will live by the ways of her Eskimo forbears. Out on the Alaskan tundra Miyax is lost, but a pack of wolves finds her and she learns how to befriend them. The wolves are not doing any harm, up here where it is day for months on end, and with their help Miyax survives to use the skills passed down by her father. But how can she survive winter? Torn between her heritage and love of nature, and the potential to live with her pen-fr ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Jenica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe that I'd forgotten all about this one! Such a shocking, eye opening read as a child, and it's all flooding back to me. I remember reading this at the same time that my family had gotten our first dog, and being fascinated by the exploration of canine behavior... oh, and doesn't she have to eat just what the wolf pups eat, and by that I mean...?
Even though I don't remember all the specifics of this story, I do remember how rivited and moved I was by it, so I have no qualms g
Mar 20, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Book Report by: Emily DeVeyra
Room #307


The author is Jean Craighead George. The illustrator is John Schoenherr. The genre for Julie of the Wolves is adventure and the sub genre is survival. I think it is survival because Miyax needed to survive the dangerous cold in the North Slope of Alaska and it’s adventure a lot because she tries to go to San Francisco from the North Slope of Alaska and she finds some interesting stuff like the wolves.

The point of view was told in 3rd person. It
Jan 08, 2009 Ash rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Book Concierge
Julie Edwards Miyax Kapugen is a 13-year-old Eskimo girl on the cusp between childhood and womanhood, between traditional life and modern “white” life. Orphaned and living with an aunt she dreams alternately of the years she spent living with her father at a small village and of San Francisco and the pink “mansion” where her pen pal Amy lives. She is married at thirteen to the son of her father’s good friend, an arrangement that had been made years previously, but Daniel is not a suitable husban ...more
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Jean Craighead George wrote over eighty popular books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain. Most of her books deal with topics related to the environment and the natural world. While she mostly wrote children's fiction, she also wrote at least two guides to cooking with wild foods, and an autobiography, Journey ...more
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“The scenes and events were beautiful color spots in her memory.” 4 likes
“There the old Eskimo hunters she had known in her childhood thought the riches of life were intelligence, fearlessness, and love. A man with these gifts was rich and was a great spirit who was admired in the same way that the gussaks admired a man with money and goods.” 1 likes
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