Julie of the Wolves

Book review by
Amy Finley, Common Sense Media
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Cultural themes enrich thought-provoking saga.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written byMama Monagram May 17, 2011

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.
Parent of a 10 year old Written bylacure February 12, 2010
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... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 12, 2010
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 s... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 19, 2011

Not good for kids under 13

I started reading this book when I was ten and loved it at the start because it had lots of information about wolves and I love animals, but then when the book... Continue reading

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?

Against the backdrop of a young girl's harrowing trek across the Arctic tundra, Jean George thoughtfully 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

Book details

For kids who love nature and history

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