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Julie of the Wolves

(Julie of the Wolves #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  53,682 ratings  ·  1,697 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
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by HarperCollins (first published 1972)
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Jacqueline
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
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Julie
Every writer should read this little Newberry winner.

Why?

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!
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Calista
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
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Catie
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
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Cathy
Oct 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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Lesle
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
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Amanda NEVER MANDY
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.

WRONGO

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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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: free trial of Scribd

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
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Wanda
***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
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Emily
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Jen
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
Gina
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.
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.
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Dan
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Candychaser21
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
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
I really enjoyed it the second time around! It was really a good book that I believe is for all ages. Julie was a very fun and relatable character and I loved all of the wolves as well. I was really sad at the end honestly :(
Dan
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.

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Katharine
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!


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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Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
3.5 stars
Tina Cipolla
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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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Brigette
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I started reading this book with Jack, but he lost interest. He is only interested in reading books like Dogman. I decided I should go ahead and finish this one on my own. Amaroq and Kapu!! This story was another reminder why dogs are the best! I was surprised about the emotional complexity of the ending of this story.
Manuel Alfonseca
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice novel about the life of eskimos and wild animals, survival in the Alaskan wilderness, and the clash of the western way of life with primitive people.
Mia
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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May
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Miyax lived with her father and her mother died but soon she would get married with her father’s friend’s child and she left her father and she didn’t want to get married so she ran away too Alaska now Miyax is alone in Alaska and after a few days she found a wolf pack and she lived with them and she at last found her father.
stephanie
[reread february, 2012]

so i am an adult now and it's been years since i read this. and wow, depressing. the story is told in three parts: the present, then a flashback, and then back in the present. the writing is strong and in a manner that appeals to pre-teens, sparse yet full. the story moves quickly but with purpose.

thirteen year old julie runs away from a bad home situation in barrow, alaska. she plans to make it to point hope, where she will get on a plane to go to san francisco and stay
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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
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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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Travelin
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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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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