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Book Review


Reviewed by: Gretchen Rhinehart

Julie of the Wolves

Author: Jean Craighead George

Illustrator: John Schoenherr

Published by Scholastic Inc.

bulletWinner of the Newberry Medal
bulletAvailable in paperback
bulletAge level: 4-6 grade
bulletAn Eskimo girl, Miyax (aka Julie Edwards) runs away from a bad home situation and gets lost on the Alaskan tundra. A pack of wolves adopts her and she must re-evaluate the importance of Eskimo traditions. She struggles with where she belongs: in the wild with her pack, in a town with her people, or in San Francisco with her friend.
bulletThis would be a good read for slow readers, as the story moves along at a good pace, and as there are frequent breaks, though no chapters, per se. Julie of the Wolves would also be a good read-aloud book, though some of the Eskimo words would take practice to make sound right. This book covers many relevant areas of life, such as the need for tradition, love, family, courage, and loyalty, as well as the sanctity of life. There is one objectionable scene where 12-year-old Miyax’s husband attempts to sexually assault her. This is a rather inexplicit scene, though it does convey the girl’s terror. All considered, this is a good book, and extremely well-written.
bulletAvailable from Barnes and Noble