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Julie of the Wolves [Mass Market Paperback]

Jean Craighead George , John Schoenherr
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31 Dec 1995
Escaping from an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl gets lost on the Alaskan tundra and is befriended by a wolf pack.
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic US (31 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590134701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590134705
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 637,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Story of Survival 15 Jan 2011
This is one of my all time favourite books. The style of writing drags you right into the heart of the story and you really start to identify with all the characters including the wolves. The twist at the end of the book is one of the best I have ever read. This book is both heartbreaking and uplifting; it is a story about survival not only from the elements but from emotional attachments; it is a story about the fraction of a second that it takes to go from childhood into being an adult. Read it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 31 Mar 1999
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A great survival story of a girl alone in the cld winter of Alaska with only a pack of wolves to share her time with. This book shows great decision making and a briliant tale of a girl in the wild. This book, you just can't miss!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Julie of the Wolves Review 25 Mar 2010
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I remember myself in primary school reading the first of the series by Jean Craighead George: Julie of the Wolves.

It's not a fluffy book of sunshine for a child to read. It talks about a little girl and her experience with a wolf pack in the tundra of Alaska. As a child, I loved this book very much.

It's twenty odd years later and I remember from the blue this book when colleagues at work were trying to find interesting books for their children. I even recommended it to my friends at work for their children to read it. It's very adult-like for a child's book and it's worth being on the shelf that I 've ordered it for my collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Julie of the Wolves 4 Aug 2013
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An interesting book. Arrived within the stated time, condition not so good as I had hoped for, but you cant win them all the time.
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400 of 415 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Questionable Part for Younger Readers 6 Jun 2007
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My 8 year old daughter was given this book to read by her 3rd grade teacher. She was really enjoying the book up until the end of Part II, right before she the main character runs away from her husband (they are 13 years old and it is an arranged marriage) and joins the wolves. I hadn't read the book and was somewhat shocked when she came to me and asked me to read one page to her and explain what was happening. It was the part where her husband Daniel forces himself on her because his friends around town were teasing him that he was "..dumb Daniel. He has a wife and he can't mate her." He proceeds to "press his lips against her mouth", she pulls away and he tears her dress from her shoulder, takes her down to the floor, and "crushes her with his body". Then "the room spun, and grew blurry. Daniel cursed, kicked violently, and lay still." Then he gets up and runs out of the house and yells out "Tomorrow, tomorrow I can, can, can, ha, ha," he bleated piteously. She vomits and then moves into action and leaves him.

Now, I have talked with my daughter about how babies are made, ie. mating, but this was a little different and it brought up a whole other conversation. I know the book is a Newberry Award winner and a very well-written book that most children enjoy, I just wish I had known about this part. The publisher marks the book as ages 10 and up but that is still a young age to have that particular situation explained. And maybe some children would read right past it and not really catch what actually happened but parents might want to know about that so they can be prepared for what to say if their child comes and asks what happened on page 102! I wish I had known about it! Hope this helps if you're deciding whether or not to buy this book for your young daughter.
58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie of the Wolves 20 April 2000
By Sherri Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Julie, an Inuit Eskimo from Alaska, is born with the name Miyax. Because her mother dies when Miyax is barely four years old, Miyax's father, Kapugen, brings her up in the traditional Eskimo ways and teaches her a life of co-existence with the natural world. When Miyax is nine years old, her Aunt takes her away from her father because Julie is suppose to go to school. There she is around Americanized Eskimos, who call her Julie, and she starts to believe that she has lived a strange life with her father in the Alaskan wilderness. At thirteen, Julie finds herself in a bad situation and attempts to run away to San Francisco where her pen pal lives. Even though Julie is running away from her Eskimo upbringing, she winds up depending on the ways of her people. Out in the wilderness, she learns a lot about who she is. This book is about discovery and acceptance as Julie defines herself through her own culture and becomes Miyax again. Jean Craighead George interprets a particular culture, Inuit Eskimo, and defines it throughout the story. Julie, as a young girl, learns the importance of her culture and the process of identifying herself within it. However, Julie, as an adolescent, rebels against her culture because it has become out-of-date and is considered old fashion to live as the traditional Eskimo's once did. Julie learns from the American Eskimo kids about the modern world and about a life that is much different than what she is used to. Julie also has a pen pal who lives in San Francisco who has been sending Julie pictures of her home and telling her about strange and beautiful things that Julie wants to see. She begins to believe that the way she was brought up was, indeed, very strange and therefore not the way that she wants to live anymore. However, on her quest to live in San Francisco, Julie finds herself lost and she has nothing but herself and the wilderness to keep her alive. Drawing on her Inupiat Eskimo upbringing and believing in the Eskimo ways of intelligence, fearlessness, and love, Julie learns to see her people's ways as the way she wants to live. Julie becomes Miyax again, and talks to the wolves, as her father taught her, and gains their trust so that they help her to survive. Julie realizes that she doesn't want to live in San Francisco with all their modern ways and searches to find a traditional Eskimo settlement. Miyax discovers that her father is alive and that he was the man in the helicopter who killed Amaroq, the dominant wolf, for sport. At first when Miyax came across the Eskimo settlement, that her father is living at, she is excited to go back to her heritage. However, she discovers that he is living with a Gussak, an American Eskimo, and that he is no longer living the life of a traditional Eskimo but has become Americanized, and she learns the truth about the man who killed Amaroq. Miyax feels betrayed and leaves her father's home, only to realize that she has no other choice but to live as the people of the Eskimo Settlement do. I believe that Jean Craighead George does a fantastic job of portraying a young girl who is trying to find herself and in doing so, Julie explores her culture and is able to define herself within it. Julie figures out what she really wants and why because of this. In the beginning of the book, Julie is running away from her upbringing and running toward a modern new world. Julie chooses, in the end, to embrace her traditional upbringing and finds peace within herself and an acceptance of herself that she so needs. An acceptance that is so strong that even the thought of living in a village that desecrates many of the thinks Inuit Eskimos believe in, she is still strong enough to know who she is inside and decides to live with her father. Living as an Americanized Eskimo cannot brake down her beliefs or take away her true heritage, which she has gained strength from and a sense of herself.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Journey Though Alaska 26 Mar 2004
By michael - Published on Amazon.com
This book was great. It's about a young 13-year-old Eskimo girl, called Miyax, who is married to a boy called Daniel and lives with his parents. Miyax then runs away from Daniel and his family, because of the way she was treated. She plans to work her way to San Francisco, where she would live with her pen pal, but she then finds herself lost in a large tundra and depends on wolves to live. By observing a pack she found how to communicate with the wolves and...
One of my reasons why I liked this book is, it's so descriptive. You can easily picture the characters and their surroundings just by reading a few sentences. Such as this quote, "Her face was pearl-round and her nose was flat. Her black eyes, which slanted gracefully, were moist and sparkling."
Another reason why I like this book is, it gives me an idea of how the environment of Alaska is, and how the old, traditional culture of the Eskimos was like. I also like how the book described the relationship between people, and the nature around them, and how they learned how to survive in the wilderness just by observing animals- how to hunt, where to find food, and how to defend yourself against another predator. This quote describes what I mean, "Next she noted that the grasses grew in different spota than the mosses, and the more she studied, the more the face of the tundra emerged; a face that could tell her which way was north, if she had listened more carefully to Kapugen."
My most favorite part of this book was when Miyax begins playing with the puppies of the pack, Zing, Zit, Sister, and Kapu. This reminds me of how enjoyable life can be with friends and family.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Good; Bad Ending 8 Jun 2007
By A. Luciano - Published on Amazon.com
Miyax, an Eskimo girl who is called Julie in English, is fourteen and has run away from her arranged marriage. She has a pen pal in San Francisco and she thinks if she can just hike to a nearby town with an airport, she will be able to get to her friend. Before her father left on a fishing trip and never came back, he was a great hunter and could survive in the wilderness, and he had taught Miyax much about survival. She thought everything would be fine.

But then, on her way to the airport, Miyax gets lost in the Alaskan wilderness. Her food supply runs low, and she knows that the harsh winter is coming upon her fast. Near where she is camped is a pack of wolves--four adults and five pups. Miyax knows that wolves take care of each other and if she can just get herself accepted into their pack, they will make sure she has enough food to survive. So she begins studying the way they interact and speak to each other, until she is ready to try imitating them.

I liked the descriptions of the wolves and the ways they interacted. I thought it was interesting to read about their body language and communication. I didn't like the ending of this book, though. After going through so much and being so strong, it seemed like at the end Miyax was defeated.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Julie Of the wolves a fantastic adventure! 4 Sep 2003
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Julie Of The Wolves,a short series Alaskan adventures by Jean Craighead George.You would really like this first book if you like adventure that unravels from present to the past.Julie also known by Miyax her Eskimo name runs away when she finds a sitiuation that is intolerable.She trys to catch a ride to San Francisco in another part of Alaska only to be lost without food,or a compass.Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Artic Wolves,and she comes to love them as though they were her brothers.With their help,and drawing on her father's training,she struggles day by day to survive.I really thought Kapu one of the pups soon to be a leader was cute,and charming and that's why he is my favorite.Well to find out more about Julie Of The Wolves then go and pickup a copy of Julie Of the Wolves NOW!
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