Julie of the Wolves

Jean Craighead George, 1972

Magnificent little book.  Starting this book I was turned off by the rude and all too realistic beginning, where Julie is dishonestly married off to a mentally handicapped person who cannot handle being married.  But the story that takes place afterward left me with grand memories, breath-taking memories of the relationship Julie forms with her wolves.

{Summary from Amazon: To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When the village is no longer safe for her, Miyax runs away. But she soon finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her.

Slowly (skillfully) she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, and she grows to love them as though they were family. With their help, and drawing on her father’s teachings, Miyax struggles day by day to survive. But the time comes when she must leave the wilderness and choose between the old ways and the new. Which will she choose? For she is Miyax of the Eskimos–but Julie of the Wolves.}

Mary Ellen Halvorson describes the book as “uniquely sensitive” and “wonderfully educational” in a review for The Courier.

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