Julie of the Wolves (Hardcover)
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|Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey acoss the barren Alaskan tundra, 13-year-old Miyax chooses the tundra. She finds herself caught between the traditional Eskimo ways and the modern ways of the whites. Miyax, or Julie as her pen pal Amy calls her, sets out alone to visit Amy in San Francisco, a world far away from Eskimo culture and the frozen land of Alaska.|
During her long and arduous journey, Miyax comes to appreciate the value of her Eskimo heritage, learns about herself, and wins the friednship of a pack of wolves. After learning the language of the wolves and slowly earning their trust, Julie becomes a member of the pack.
Since its first publication, "Julie of The Wolves, "winner of thr 1973 Newbery Medal, has found its way into the hearts of millions of readers.
From the Publisher:
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
A story of adventure and survival, JULIE OF THE WOLVES takes readers into the life of a 13-year-old Eskimo girl named Miyax. Having run away from a disastrous arranged marriage, Miyax sets out across the Alaskan tundra and heads for the seaport of Point Hope where she plans to find work on a ship sailing to San Francisco. Once in San Francisco, Miyax hopes to track down her pen pal, a teenage girl named Amy who refers to Miyax as Julie. However, Miyax's plans do not work out as she had hoped, and she is soon lost and stranded on the Alaskan tundra without food or a compass. Desperate and starving, Miyax realizes that her only hope lies with a nearby wolf pack, but how will she communicate her need for help to them? As Miyax struggles to survive, she begins to question where her future lies--in San Francisco, back home with her family, or with the wolves who have finally accepted her as one of their own? Illustrated with occasional B&W paintings, JULIE OF THE WOLVES is the winner of the 1973 Newbery Medal. Julie's story continues in JULIE and JULIE'S WOLF PACK.
I love animals. This book was a big hit for me. The story line is about a girl who gets lost in the wilderness and has to figure out a way to survive. She finds a pack of wolves and learns to communicate with them. This is the first in a series of three books. I really enjoyed this book!