Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

Julie of the Wolves

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 than ever, she must look hard at who she really is. Is she Miyax, Eskimo girl ...

Details Julie of the Wolves

TitleJulie of the Wolves
Release DateJan 5th, 2016
GenreYoung Adult, Fiction, Childrens, Classics, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Julie of the Wolves

  • Marie Lu
    Amaroq! Kapu! My heart!!
  • Jacqueline
    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! hehthe grunt...
  • Catie
    3.5 starsI’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 o...
  • 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 ...
  • Cathy
    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 theme...
  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    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. WRONGOAdult me looks at this story now and sees sad. Buckets of it. Fro...
  • Leona Carstairs
    Real Rating: 4.5 starsI'm editing my shite review and trying to do this work of art justice!I love this book. It's amazing, at first I was unsure of whether I would like it or not, but, turns out that I love it. This is a short novel (approximately 176 pgs) but it's so worth reading. I have long been looking for a book which features a female MC surviving in the wilderness, and I found it.Not my usually type of book, but I loved it nonetheless.Th...
  • 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 betwee...
  • 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 biolog...
  • Emily
    The genre was action/fiction. When Amaroq died, it was very sad. One of the things that made me sad was when Amaroq died was when Julie screamed "For a bounty, for money, the magnificent Amaroq is dead!" I think this might be how some one feels when someone important dies. (pg. 140). At first, Amaroq did not let Julie in the pack. Why do you think he eventually did? Why was Jello a wolf in shame? why did the men kill Amaroq and then not take him ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dan
    Synopsis:To escape from an arranged marriage gone bad, Miyax (Julie) runs away into the Alaskan wilderness. Becoming lost, she quickly realizes that she must befriend a pack of wolves, or starve to death. While she left to escape from the traditions of her forefathers, she comes to realize that it is their wisdom that will guide her through her greatest challenges. If, that is, she can survive to tell the tale.Personal thoughts:Of the Newbery's I...
  • Jen
    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 ch...
  • Katharine
    Julie of the wolves Book ReportBy: 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 "Ge...
  • Alissa Patrick
    3.5 Stars
  • 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 buil...
  • 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 usin...
  • 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.
  • Gina
    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.
  • Mia
    Julie of the WolvesWritten By: Jean Craighead GeorgeIllustrated By: John SchoenherrBook 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 tol...
  • Candychaser21
    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 Robin...
  • Gina
    What a great book!
  • Manuel Alfonseca
    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.
  • Heather
    1973 Newbery Medal WinnerThe 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...
  • Travelin
    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 a...
  • Juli Anna
    Wow! This is certainly a classic for a reason. There are definitely some problematic elements here, not the least of which is the use of the term "Eskimo," so it shows its age. However, there's so much beauty and quality wrapped up in this package. First off, George's training as a naturalist is very apparent; her descriptions of wolf behavior and the arctic seasons are incredible. Also, Miyax is a powerful character, and I love that George doesn...
  • 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 wol...
  • Laura
    I cannot even begin to express how much I hated this book. It was given to me as a gift when I was probably 12, as some misguided attempt at feminist guidance. I read the whole thing, devoured it, so I guess you could say it was written well. but it's terrible. The main character is hopeless, helpless, and one dimensional. it focuses on the only two men in her life, an absent father, and a rapey 'husband'?. which, btw, way too much detail on that...
  • Brianna *BriBri*
    The characters was the most compelling literary Elements of julie of the wolves.One of the picture really caught my attention and the page number is 57. I choose this picture because #1 it caught my attention #2 It was interesting and #3 because of the dialouge on the top of the page. Sometimes when there was to much dialouge,so i couldn't really understand this very well. Sometimes I couldn't picture what was really happening in the passage, tha...
  • Jo
    Of course, I cried reading this book. Miyax was such a strong and smart girl. I felt sorry for what I read and what she had to accept as realities. She stood for the Eskimos wanting to keep their old way of life in their land, and ultimately having to reconcile themselves to living like/with gussaks. I don't think her survival was merely of the harsh tundra, I think it was also of modernity encroaching on her land and people. This was an excellen...