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Publisher's Summary

“Miyax had been lost without food for many sleeps on the North Slope of Alaska. The barren slope stretches for three hundred miles from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean, and for more than eight hundred miles from the Chukchi to the Beaufort Sea. Winds scream across it, and the view in every direction is exactly the same. Somewhere in this cosmos was Miyax; and the very life in her body, its spark and warmth, depended upon these wolves for survival. And she was not so sure they would help.” - from Julie of the Wolves.

When Miyax walks out onto the frozen Alaskan tundra, she hopes she is leaving problems at home far behind. Raised in the ancient Eskimo ways, Miyax knows how to take care of herself. But as bitter Arctic winds efface the surface of food, she begins to fear for her life, and turns to a pack of wild wolves for help. Amaroq, the leader of the pack, eventually accepts Miyax as one of his own defenseless cubs, protecting her from danger and saving portions of the daily kill for her. But as Miyax makes her way nearer to civilization, her life with the wolves, as well as all that she has come to learn about herself, are challenged as never before.

©1972 Jean Craighead George (P)1993 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 1973

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Fantastic story of a young girl

The story of a young girl & her ability to get out of bad situations, survive in the wilderness and make good decisions was so beautifully described by the author. The narrator spoke softly, clearly, beautifully.

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Nature Threatened

This marvelous work by JCG highlights the plight of nature as humans overtake it with greed, selfishness, and lack of care. We need to heed the warning and begin to care for this earth instead of ravage it. The wolves and Natuve Americans k ew how to manage the wilds I. a way to survive and coexist. Fascinating book.

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20 years later

I loved reading this book as a kid and now with audible I can still enjoy a good read without taking up all my time

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Very good book!

It was a book that kept me thinking and you should definitely read it. It is very nice if you go outside. Books can inspire you to do many things and this one definitely inspired me. It is one you should consider listening or just reading.

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Julie of the Wolves review

I read this book in elementary school and was excited to see it the list I'm currently working through. I have to say though I didn't really like the last paragraph of the story. Just me being sentimental I guess. The narrator did a wonderful job!

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A childhood favorite

This was one of my favorite books as a child, so I got it to share with my children. They weren’t interested in it, but I listened to it anyway and enjoyed it just as much as I did when I was little.

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Hard to understand

It took long to catch on to the book, when you do, it isn’t the best book. Great performance!

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Reading too slow for my students

I love this book, and I thought it would be a good way to delve into it by listening. However, the text being read was just too slow & took too long for our class.

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"Noble Savage" trope, the novel

This is a clear example of a white woman idolizing native culture. It's great to try to get some representation and all, but it's really obvious that this is a white person trying to convince other white people to love more harmoniously with nature rather than an Inuit girl's experience.
if you're looking for a book that will provide representation of Inuit culture, read a book by an Inuit author.

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Great Setting

My favorite thing about this story is how unique the setting and environment are. I confess that I couldn't remember much of this, so it was interesting to reread it. I wouldn't minded having a bit more information about Julie before she joined the wolves, but I guess that really wasn't what the story was about.

Overall, it's a good MG book for those interested in wilderness/survival/unique settings and cultures.