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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (January 18, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064405737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064405737
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In a starred review, PW praised the "breathtakingly clear prose" and "striking observations about Eskimo culture" in this "nearly perfect" sequel to the 1973 Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-George continues the story begun in Newbery-award winning Julie of the Wolves (HarperCollins, 1974) with the young woman's return to her father's home in Kangik, Alaska. As she becomes reaquainted with Kapugen, she tries to accept the fact that he killed her beloved wolf Amaroq. She must also come to terms with her father's abandonment of some traditional Eskimo ways in order to help the local population survive, his new wife (a white woman), and a new romantic interest of her own. Julie is no longer a loner; she, too, learns about being a part of a community, one that is struggling to exist in a difficult and changing environment. But she also vows to protect the surviving wolves and move them to a place where they will not threaten her father's herd of musk-oxen. Although there is purpose (nearing obsession) to Julie's actions, readers must pay attention to the frequent shifts in the location of the wolf pack and the all-important caribou, vital to both the survival of the wolves and the village. As Julie seeks to move the pack leader, Kapu, and the other wolves closer to a food source, readers may sense some resemblance to the scenes of gaining trust in the earlier title and some may question Julie's interference with the natural order of things (an intervention she cannot possibly maintain). Still, the sense of place and of a people is strong throughout. In the end, her father changes his philosophy from needing to kill the wolves to releasing his oxen into the wild, a conclusion that is a bit abrupt but thoroughly satisfying.
Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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They are so excited to begin reading the sequel.
B. Mcdaniel
Since this one has more social interaction, it makes time seem to fly by much quicker.
Chelsie Lacny
Readers who enjoyed this book may also enjoy the book Alone Across The Arctic.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Not Julie! The book Julie is the sequel to the Newberry Award winning Julie of the Wolves. Julie is pulished by Harper Collins Publishers in 1994 and is written by Jean Craighead George. Julie's life is full of conflicts but being afraid of the nearby wolf pack isn't one of them. The first conflict in Julie's life is with her father. This problem is mainly fueled by the fact that he killed the leader of the nearby wolf pack which once saved her life. Another main fuel is her father's change in beliefs since she was younger. She knows he killed the leader because the man who did it was in one of her father's friend's helicopter, with his goggles and his gun. After a while he realizes that his kiling the leader is bothering her and tells her that he did it to protect the musk oxen which is the Eskimo village's industry. This is such a conflict because in spite of this she loves him. Julie's second conflict is with her stepmother. She dislikes her because she is not an Eskimo and she has many different views. Ellen seems to have contributed in changing Julie's father's beliefs. Julie feels this outsider is a setback to the village way of life. Julie refuses to speak English to Ellen because of this conflict. When Ellen helps Julie to deliver a baby musk ox without killing the mother as Julie would have, this conflict is partiallly resolved. A third conflict is her love for the wolves that saved her life. Although she loves them she wants them to stay away because if they do not they will be in danger of her father killing. She tries to keep the wolves away by not answering their howls and wishing that they will stay away. Instead of spending time with the wolves she busies herself be feeding the musk oxen, sulking, and exercising her father's sled dogs.Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shantell Powell on July 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I was a kid, my favourite sorts of books were adventure stories with animals. I read a lot of Walter Farley, Jack London, Farley Mowat, and Jean Craighead George. Julie of the Wolves was one of my favourite books. Decades later, I still like to dip into my childhood favourites.
Last week, I decided to read Julie. Although Julie of the Wolves is edgier, with its themes of childhood marriage, attempted rape, loss and deprivation, Julie is an excellent follow-up. She overcomes feelings of betrayal toward her father and racist prejudices toward her stepmother. She also gets together with her beloved wolves once again.
The simplistic writing style makes Julie a very quick read. It is also very educational, with its conservationalist theme matter, Innu vocabulary, and examinations of life in the far north. It's a book people of all ages can learn from and enjoy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
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This is a great book. But I liked the last one the best. I think Jean Craighead George, and Wendell Minor, are truly fantastic! If you haven't read this, and the other two books, you haven't experienced a true, good book. Jean captures the true wolf, the wolf society, and other very interesting facts of a wolf's life. Like, I never knew that wolves have leaders, or Alpha's. I never knew that if a "baby-sitter" wolf, narrowed their eyes, showed their teeth, and lifted their ears straight, a wolf pup would sit down. I never knew that if a hungry pup nudged a adult wolf that has just eaten on the muzzle, the adult wolf will regurgatate the food, or, throw up the half digested meat. I never knew wolves tell each other who's the boss by mouthing a wolf's nose. I never knew if a wolf is larger or taller than other wolf, than it has a good chance for being an alpha or beta. Untill I read Jean Craighead George's book, "Julie of the Wolves", "Julie", and "Julie's Wolf Pack".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
"Julie" is a book about a young woman called Julie, who returns home from her life on the Tundra, with a pack of wolves as her family. Her father Kapugen has married an American woman named Ellen, who is pregnant. Julie arrives home to normal family life. She feels that she could accept the family life, if she hadn't known that her father had killed her wolf father. Julie can speak beautiful English, but she will not talk to Ellen, until she is sure she can accept Ellen into her life. Julie starts talking to Ellen, when they are in an ice shelter helping a Musk Oxen, give birth to her calf. Julie realises that Ellen is no longer an intruder in her family, and welcomes her.
Julie goes through many difficult situations in this story, like when she comes face to face with a wild bear. I enjoyed this book very much because, you have the feeling you were part of this book, and also the story. I thought Jean Craighead George made things very descriptive, like the ice on the Tundra, the soft fuzzy fur of the wolf pup, and the scurrying ground squirrels. This book shows the power between a father and his daughter, they love each other so much that they can read each others minds'.
This novel is for people who like a book with happiness, a bit of sadness, and the smallest bit of romance. It is also a book that has a lot of adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina M. Osier on August 3, 2008
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At thirteen, Julie Edwards - or Miyax Kapugen - was married according to the agreement between her parents and those of her bridegroom. Miserably unhappy in her temperamental husband's home, Julie fled. She and a wolf pack befriended each other, out in the wilds of her native Alaska, and because of the wolves Julie has survived to find her way home. Back to her widowed father, who (to her considerable surprise) has missed her and looked for her. And then, when told falsely of her death, has mourned for the daughter he loved and now knows he should not have pushed into that early marriage.

In Julie's absence Kapugen has married again, and his new wife is a schoolteacher from Minnesota. Ellen has convinced Kapugen to give up, for the most part, his life as an Eskimo hunter. Although they still live in the village where they met, Kapugen flies an airplane and cares for a herd of domesticated musk oxen while Ellen continues with her teaching job. Julie's homecoming is marred not only by her doubts about her father's choice of a fair-skinned, red-haired outsider as his new wife, but also - far more - by her terror of Kapugen's insistence that if and when the wolf pack comes to hunt his musk oxen, he must kill them. Julie knows that Kapugen means it, because he killed one of "her" wolves before. She can't go off to high school in Fairbanks, not even when she falls in love with a young Eskimo man who will be going to the university there. She has to stay in the village until she figures out how to save her wolves from Kapugen, whom she loves despite his growing departure from the ways he taught her to follow.

Coming of age novels with girl protagonists are rare enough, if one doesn't count (and I certainly do not!
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