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Julie of the Wolves

(Julie of the Wolves #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  57,810 ratings  ·  1,912 reviews
Alone and lost—on the North Slope of Alaska
Miyax rebels against a home situation she finds intolerable. She runs away toward San Francisco, toward her pen pal, who calls her Julie. But soon Miyax is lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass. Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, and she comes to love them as though they were her brot
Paperback, Harper Trophy, 176 pages
Published July 2nd 1995 by HarperCollins (first published 1972)
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Dec 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Julie G (time traveling for a week)
Every writer should read this little Newberry winner.


I'm glad you asked, and I am so happy to answer.

Every writer should read this little Newberry winner to learn. . . that a book with a fast-paced narrative that is "readable" may not only sell well, it may also win a prestigious book award! A book with horrible dialogue may still be read over and over again in classrooms everywhere, so, it turns out, you don't need to waste any further time on making dialogue authentic! Whew! What a relief!
A reminder of what the world was like to live in Nature and with nature.

It took me a while to read this and it had little to do with the story and mostly to do with time. I'm so glad I finally read this story. I find this story to be quite powerful and the message of living in balance with nature is quite a powerful theme and call. Julie has knowledge of how to survive in the wilderness. That knowledge is so valuable. People should make money by letting people pay to come for a week or two and l
Sep 21, 2011 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
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: hannah and sylvia
Shelves: banned-books, newbery
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
Oct 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
I remember reading this book as a kid and being absolutely fascinated by the descriptions of the ways the wolves (and Miyax) interacted and communicated with each other. I can't credit a single book for igniting my interest in animal intelligence, but if I absolutely had to, it'd probably be this one. It's interesting to look back on this book both as a product of its time (wolf packs in the wild don't really structure themselves into those strict hierarchies; this has long since been disproven) ...more
Feb 14, 2022 rated it it was ok
"Miyax was not without things to do. When she was not hunting, or carving, she danced, sewed, chopped wood or made candles. Sometimes she tried to spell Eskimo words with the English alphabet. Such beautiful words must be preserved forever." (PG. 153)

John Newbery Medal--1973

I have been on a literary journey reading John Newbery Medal winners or honorees and I have learned that this does not mean jackShhh for me. Some of these books are total duds. I haven't read a wowzer of a winner. Like I can
The author spent a summer watching and studying the behaviors of a wolf pack in Denali. She had seen a young woman walking the tundra alone. The story is inspired.

Julie of the Wolves is a story about Miyak's journey from leaving a frightening situation behind at a very young age, to find her way, to her pen pal in San Francisco. She is lost in Alaska with no food and no way to shelter herself from the tundra. During her journey she is torn between a Gussak (Julie) way of life or is the Eskimo (M
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, prologue
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
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I was absolutely in love with Julie of the Wolves – I finished this story in an evening, and I was so sorry it ended so fast. This story is not only a celebration of the Inuit (Eskimo) culture, it’s also a lovesong to other, non-human cultures – I mean animals. The story focuses on wolves and how they adopt a girl who has got lost in the tundra because she was running away from a dangerous situation at home. The love for nature, for the natural (even if harsh
Wanda Pedersen
***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
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Sam Wescott
I really, really adored this book when I was young. I was pretty sure that if I could manage to meet a wolf, I would be able to talk to her because I had memorized this story so well. I definitely had a thing for Young Native Woman Survivalist Novels (Island of the Blue Dolphin was another fave) and this one was extra fun because I was going through my weird wolf girl phase (why yes, it did coincide with my weird horse girl phase, why do you ask?).

Going back to it now, I was a little shocked by
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
I was cleaning out my Rubbermaid tub of books I’d purchased when I started out in teaching and came across a trilogy that was perfect to transition to vacation reading! We are on our way to Alaska and I’m re-reading a book with (hopefully) wisdom and maturity on my side. This book is on the Canadian Grade 5 reading list and has won the Newbery Medal for American children’s literature. It is also on the ALA’s most frequently challenged (banned) books. I remembered loving it as a child and so I wa ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just a beautiful book with a wonderful heroine. I did not read any Jean Craighead George books when I was a kid for obvious reasons--but read a couple of her books to my daughter when she was a child in the 90s. But I didn't read this one about an Inuit girl who learns survival in the Alaskan wilderness--with the help of wolves. Glad I found it in a booksale and I read it in one night. Just wish I could read it to my daughter, but she's 33 now....I understand there's a sequel?? I will look for i ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jul 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
I really enjoyed this survival story. I loved the journey Julie goes on in learning to embrace her Eskimo way of life.
Apr 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable, interesting, educational, but .... sad. I'm glad I finally read it, though :) ...more
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 joke.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars, rounded up.

When I was 9 years old, I picked up Hatchet for the first time, because all of the boys in my class were obsessed with it. I immediately shared their obsession and had to find anything else that featured a young person surviving alone in the wild. I read the rest of Brian’s Saga, and The Island of the Blue Dolphins, and My Side of the Mountain and the books that followed. I also read this book and the rest of the trilogy. I haven’t read Julie of the Wolves in
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ever reading a book and as it's getting to the last 20-30 pages you feel like you don't want it it end? I really enjoyed this, and it makes you look at the wilderness, and animals in the wild on a different light. If you do not like wolves, you will likely feel differently after this. The girl in the book has a sad past and you feel for her and are wanting things to work out for her. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy "Swiss family Robinson" , "the hatchet" or "life of pi"... It's that ...more
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Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book to my girls many years ago. It is a Newberry Award winner. Both the imagery and descriptions of the wolves amidst the seemingly barren landscape are quite extraordinary for a children’s book. The story itself of the young girl living alone on the Tundra was not in any sense believable but otherwise it gets an A for the writing and the ability to capture the angst of being a teenager.

4 stars.
Tiffany PSquared
There was something about his book that drew me in. It was one of the only books that I would read over and over again. I thought no one was as brave as Julie, making her life in the wilderness with a family of wolves.
I loved this book then and it still brings me fond memories.

Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Victor The Reader
This fascinating story is about Julie, or known as her Inuk name Miyax, who is trying to reach her San Francisco pen pal while in the Arctic tundra where she lived with her cold hearted aunt after her father died while hunting. Meanwhile, she’s now living with a wolf pack and starts to bond with the wolves and see them as her family.

While it’s storytelling takes a while to follow, it’s a harrowing adventure in the wildlife and about finding where you belong. Julie’s story about her early life an
This book is very beautiful, but also very sad.

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Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, children-ya
3.5 stars
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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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