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Julie's Wolf Pack Hardcover – July 18, 1997

4.8 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Julie of the Wolves Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Keeping the focus on the wolves introduced in her Newbery-winning Julie of the Wolves, George writes "with astounding intimacy" and "complete command" of the animal world, said PW in a starred review. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8. Drawing upon her knowledge of wolf behavior, Eskimo culture, and Alaska, George continues the story of Kapu, the splendid male pup Julie nursed back to life in Julie of the Wolves (HarperCollins, 1972). This third adventure chronicles six years in the life of Kapu and his pack family. The animals are convincingly depicted with such respect and affection that readers will feel as though they too are in the wild rooting for the pack in times of famine, admiring Sweet Fur Amy whose unusual leadership abilities enable her to become an Alpha female, and feeling anger when Kapu is captured for research. The book is divided into three parts that suit the episodic plotting style; the strongest segment occurs in the middle when a lone female infected with rabies joins the pack, threatening the lives of its members. The writing is laden with natural descriptions and keen observations, some of which interrupt the story's flow, but this rich detail is also the book's strength. The perspective of the wolves is effectively maintained, but their encounters with hunters, veterinarians, and government researchers provide a framework for the different factions that must learn to coexist if this resilient yet fragile species is to survive. Those who have enjoyed Julie's story thus far will want to read this latest encounter in which she grows up, attends college, and comes full circle back to the tundra, this time to study her beloved wolves with her new husband, Peter Sugluk.?Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (August 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060274069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060274061
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,739,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The wolf pack that saved the life of a human girl, Julie Edwards (Miyax Kapugen), has seen many changes since her return to her human family. So has Julie, who's grown up enough now to plan marriage to her beloved Peter, an Inuit from Siberia. While Julie formally studies the subjects that will enable her to live on the tundra and study her wolves first-hand, as her life's work, the pack's new alpha wolf learns to fill his dead father's role despite his extreme youth for bearing that responsibility. Among the challenges Kapu faces: Raw Bones, a former alpha from another pack who wants desperately (and tries repeatedly) to seize leadership for himself; Ice Blink, a female who carries the deadly rabies virus; and famine caused by caribou herds that fail to migrate south through the Avlik Pack's territory.

Wolves, like humans, are social animals who communicate verbally as well as in other ways. Julie learned their language during her time among them, and the friendships she formed then remain strong enough so she can rescue two famine-born pups who would otherwise starve to death as their mother's milk fails to sustain them. But what is the eventual outcome of that rescue? And just how much do Julie's teachers really know about wolves, and how much do they assume incorrectly?

In this third volume of Craighead George's trilogy, Julie comes of age as the Jane Goodall of Alaskan wolves. If you're as sentimental as I am about babies of any species, you may find some of the brutally honest passages it contains hard to read; but without that honesty, this would not be the thoughtful tale that it is. It's suitable for readers of any age, and I recommend it highly.

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of HIGH PLACES and 2005 EPPIE winner REGS
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I read it all the way through in one day, twice in three days, and three times in one week. The most perfect, beautiful, adventure-filled, poignant, exciting, true story ever. My favorite book of all time. Join bthe wolves as they battle rivals, rabies, famine, the loss of their leader, and more. READ IT or regret it!
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By A Customer on November 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is the best book I have ever read.It was the first book in this series I had ever bought. I will now buy Julie,and Julie of the wolves.It is an thrilling book.Jean Craighead George really puts descrition in her story.If you have not read this book and you are a wolf-lover,this is a book for you.
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Its been awhile since I've read this series. And for some reason, when going back, I decided to start with the 3rd book in the series. This may have affected my view on everything, but I think that this is a decent story overall, just not as good as some of the others.

Julie's Wolf Pack is just about that, a wolf pack that a young native woman named Julie had lived with for a time. After the death of their original Alpha, Kapu has taken over as leader of the pack. He is challenged at every turn though, by humans, other wolves, sickness, etc. But despite this life continues as best as it can. It celebrates new pups, triumph over death, a good kill. Everything that is good for a wolf pack is part of their life.

Since this book is about wolves I think it did a great job of describing wolf like. It ranges for alphas to the other pack leaders and each has their own place and personality within the pack. You can describe them in terms of people, but it doesn't really fit the wolves within this book.

The writing is for children, and as such, there really isn't anything offensive in the book. However, there are some scary parts when bad things happen to the wolves, and this may be a little much for some children. For other parts of the book, while I admire the writing I also get bored with it. It seems like it is very repetitive and while I enjoy wolf life, perhaps more detail could have been used to change it up a little bit.

Its a good series, and while this isn't the best of the series, it is still a good book for animals lovers. It can open up imagination in children and have them view wolves as an integral part of the world, and special in their own right.

Julie's Wolf Pack
Copyright 1997
192 pages

Review by M. Reynard 2011
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The best out of the three Julie books, in my opinion. This one is focused on the wolves point of view, showing the same lessons that humans face but from a wolves point of view. Love, rivalry, interaction with different species, and disease. Recommended to anyone who loved the other Julie books.
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I really liked all three of the books in the Julie series. I liked all the information they had about life in the Arctic Circle, and found these stories very believable. I liked learning about why dogs/wolves behave the way that they do. I would recommend these books to anyone. Hunter 10
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A Kid's Review on January 11, 2002
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Julie's Wolf Pack, by Jean Craighead George, is a well-written, detailed story about a wolf pack's adventurous life throughout the tundra. This is an excellent book because the author writes with great detail about every aspect of an ordinary wolf pack, while including an interesting story about the danger that wolves face in their lifetime. This publication is about the many hardships that the Avalic wolf pack faces including being hunted by hunters, scoured by doctors for good reason, surviving with all of the other deadly animals, and much more. But what happens when Kapu, the Avalics alpha-male is abducted by outsiders to the wolves? Will Kapu survive? And what will the hopeless pack do without him?

This book is being recommended because of the superb detail in this story, and the point of view of this book. This book is in the perspective of the wolves, as if one is with the wolves or even is one of the wolves when reading the book. This allows the reader to understand the situation of the wolves better, whether it is danger, hunger, or even love. The incredible detail in this story is shown often throughout the book. When Raw Bones, a rebellious member of the Avalics tries to overcome the alpha-male Kapu, the facial expressions, feelings, and actions are brought out so well that it puts a clear picture of what's going on in the reader's mind. The wolves' appearance before and after the skirmish, and at other times in the book are also conveyed perfectly. This is an outstanding book because of the way certain things are described, and the wolf point of view to help the reader understand exactly what's happening in the book.

Some people might not find this book so great because they think that books about animals are boring.
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