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

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  38,366 ratings  ·  1,034 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. Now, more tha ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 30th 1972 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1972)
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Jacqueline
Dec 13, 2007 Jacqueline rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Catie
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
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Cathy
Dec 03, 2007 Cathy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Beth Sniffs Books
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
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Vlad
I recall this being one of the many horrid books we were forced to read in elementary school. A 13 year-old Eskimo girl, Julie, runs away from her village and finds herself in the Alaskan tundra. While her original goal is to reach a pen pal in San Francisco, she finds herself accepted by a tribe of wolves, complicating matters.

As any type of realistic story, or intellectual character study of its protagonist, the book fails. Not only does a teen girl avoid being mauled by hungry wolves, not on
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Emily
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Dan
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Tyler
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
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Jen
Mar 21, 2010 Jen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Mia
Julie of the Wolves
Written By: Jean Craighead George
Illustrated By: John Schoenherr
Book Report Written By : Mia F.
(SPOILER ALERT!!!)

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
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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
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Heather
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
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Mary
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
Sarah
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.
Jocelyn
Apr 22, 2015 Jocelyn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jocelyn by: We got it from the library to practice our reading skills.
Shelves: finished-reading
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
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#PatrickIsAwesome (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
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Deidre
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. :')
Katharine
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!


Introduction
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
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Emily

Book Report by: Emily DeVeyra
Room #307

Introduction

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
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Ash
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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
Tina Cipolla
I have read several of Jean Craighead George’s books over the years and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. Julie of the Wolves fits is exactly what I expect of JCG. There are striking parallels between this story and JCG’s other very famous book My Side of the Mountain.
Miyax (her American name is Julie, but she is almost always referred to as Miyax in the book) has run away from an child marriage and is trying to live off the land in Alaska using traditional Eskimo survival strategies. In the begin
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Eric
Apr 29, 2012 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young readers
This book reminded me of "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen that I read as a child. This book showcases how one person, Julie/Miyax, can learn to live off the land and commune with nature in a way that most of us are not able to do. George makes the moments where Julie finally starts interacting with the wolves believable because they are rooted in behaviors that we can understand. She creates something that isn't fantasy-based like many children books of our modern day. This feels like a book that could ...more
Sarah Whitney
I remember my mom picking out this book for me during one of trips to the library when I was in elementary school. I can't even remember if I even finished it... I probably started to read it but may or may not have actually finished it (as I often did with books when I was young). I picked this up in Tucson for dirt cheap and decided to read it to see what I remembered and to see if I enjoyed it now that I'm grown. I found it very interesting that, in this childrens book, the 13-year-old protag ...more
Carmel bear*quiana*
Julie of the wolves was a grate book, i loved it.The genre of this book is adventure.This book is about Julie and how she gets lost while running away.To survive Julie gets excepted into a pack of wolves so that they can hunt for her.I thought that the compelling literary elements were the setting and characters.I thought that the most important element is the characters.I think this because the author expresses the feelings,their thoughts,and their personality's very well.Some parts that intere ...more
Jess
To me this was a very intersting book, it ties in with action and quiet moments. First I will start of with a summary: Miyax(julie) is sent to get married while her father goes to war, when she does she keeps getting letters by a girl named amy who wants miyax to come live with her, she hates being married so she decieds to run away, she meets a pack of wolves and with a twist of fate her life changes. Some special scenes in the book that were truly decribed were 1.when the wolves died, this was ...more
Zion Martin-hayes
Oct 01, 2011 Zion Martin-hayes added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people on an air plane
Recommended to Zion by: My teacher
Julie of the wolves review

In my opinion this book was not a very good book but I still think there are some important details like the literary element.

LITERARY ELEMENT: I think the literary element is the plot because the plot to me is mainly about a girl and a wolf trying to be friends. Which was interesting.
GENRE: Fiction
IMPORTANT DETAILS: I think when the author said that “the wolves were there when she went to sleep, but when she awoke they were gone.” I think it is symbolism for when her
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Timothy Grossano
This book starts in medias res. Julie (better known as Miyax) is lost on the tundra, starving. She remembers the lessons her father, Kapugen, taught her to survive. Of those lessons one is that the wolves, noble and loyal, will help her if she learns how to speak to them. This book holds no punches. Her first meal in weeks is regurgitated from the "belly basket" of a mother wolf.
The story is told with grit and realism. Much of it is shocking. There is challenging subject matter addressed freque
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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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Julie of the Wolves (3 books)
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