Julie of the Wolves

Common Sense Media says

Cultural themes enrich thought-provoking saga.

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Quality(i)

 
Newbery Medal and Honors

What parents need to know

Positive messages

World cultures gently clash in this gentle examination of Westernization's impact on native cultures. 

Positive role models

Myrax uses native wisdom and culture to integrate into the wolf pack and survive. 

Violence

It is implied that her husband rapes Julie before she leaves her
village.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that poetic text, simple illustrations, and cultural themes enrich the saga of Julie's adoption by the wolves and her trek across the Arctic.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Lost and alone on the Arctic tundra, Julie survives by joining a wolf pack. Lyrical text portrays the interdependence between people and animals in the harsh but beautiful Alaskan environment. As Julie learns to communicate with the wolves, her physical hardships mirror the plight of Eskimo culture as it faces Westernization and modern technology.

Is it any good?

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Against the backdrop of a young girl's harrowing trek across the Arctic tundra, author Jean George explores the situation native peoples face when their culture is threatened by Westernization. As Miyax recalls her Eskimo upbringing and learns to survive on the tundra, readers are presented with the science of the Eskimo culture and its interdependence with native plants and animals. Miyax uses native and natural wisdom to gain acceptance by the wolf pack that saves her life.

As Miyax, and the reader, becomes more steeped in Eskimo ways, she reconsiders her decision to leave Alaska. The book's uncertain ending invites readers to decide whether traditional Eskimo culture can survive in the face of Americanization, and whether individuals can make a difference within their society.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the interaction between Miyax and the wolves. 

Book details

Author:Jean Craighead George
Genre:Adventure
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperTrophy
Publication date:January 1, 1972
Number of pages:170
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12
Award:Newbery Medal and Honors

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Parent of a 10 year old Written bylacure February 12, 2010
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A small part was sexually explicit and not suggested reading material for a 10 year old. The story itself is excellent, even the arranged marriage of course is still a part of some everyday cultures, but as I stated not the kind of reading material that I want my young daughter to be reading even in small doses.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old December 12, 2010
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9
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I thought it was a little boring at the beginning, but after i got into the book i started to enjoy it. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a great story. Don't turn the book down after the first few pages, because if you do you will be missing out on a great book!
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Parent of a 10 year old Written byMama Monagram May 17, 2011
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Not for my kid

I do not like this book at all I would not tell anyone to buy it. My kid had to read this book for school and she hated it.

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