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Julie's Wolf Pack (Julie of the Wolves)
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on May 11, 2017
One of my favorite books as a young girl, I had to order it for my sister. Great book!
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on October 14, 2014
These are great outdoor adventure books. I would recommend this book to a friend!đź‘Ťđź‘Ťđź‘Ť
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on August 15, 2014
Nice ending to the trilogy. Not as Julie-driven as the first two, but lovely nonetheless.
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on January 8, 2014
Purchased this book to complete a set in our library. I was very happy with the condition and cost of the book as well as the timely delivery.
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on December 25, 2012
I am a teacher and this year my 6th graders read, "Julie of the Wolves" in class. They are so excited to begin reading the last book in the trilogy. I can't wait to let them know this book has arrived.
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on September 12, 2016
Julie picks up right where Julie of the Wolves left off. Now that Julie has decided to move back in with her father she is realizing that he isn’t the same man she remembers. This book centers on Julie trying to make a place for herself in a human world that she was out of for some time. Slowly things are starting to come together for Julie, but first she needs to be able to forgive her father for the loss of her friend. I found myself liking Julie even more in the sequel! She really is a strong main character and easy to relate to. The struggle to leave her wolves behind is very real and made me hope she could still keep her friends. I enjoyed watching Julie interact with other people as much as with her wolves in the first book.
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on August 3, 2008
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!) those books whose whole point is how that girl learns to accept the limits of traditional femininity as the cost of mature happiness. Books like this one, about a girl who comes of age by meeting physical and intellectual challenges thrown at her by Nature itself - and by the clash of cultures, too - are rarer still. Marvelous! Simply marvelous!
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on January 27, 2015
In this moving and informative book, Jean Craighead George follows the story of Julie, an Inuit girl. Julie, the sequel to Julie of the Wolves accurately shows how the Inuit changed with the presence of the Americans.

In the first book of the series, Julie ran away from a bad marriage and ran out of food on the tundra. Remembering what her father had told her about the ways of wolves, she got herself accepted into a wolf pack by Amaroq, the leader. Julie learned to love her new family and was devastated when Amaroq was killed by a plane pilot. Julie made her way back to her father, Kapugen. She ran away when she realized it was Kapugen who had killed Amaroq, but she finally went back to him.

Now, in the second book, Julie realizes how her father has changed. He now has a radio, airplane, and many other white man’s things. He also has a white wife. Kangi, the village they live in, is running out of food, so Kapugen raises musk oxen so he can sell their fur. He tells Julie he shot Amaroq to save the industry. It takes Julie a long time to adapt to these changes, and she is worried for her wolves, because Kapugen will shoot them again if he has to.

Much to Julie’s dread, the wolves do kill another ox. She pleads with Kapugen not to shoot them, and he agrees to give her a chance to lead the wolves away. After many obstacles—from finding the pack and earning the of new members trust to helping the pack bond with a neighboring pack—Julie succeeds reading in getting the wolves to a new hunting ground. Now Julie is satisfied. She thinks the wolves will have enough food until the caribou that her village and the wolves need return and will not hunt the musk oxen. Eventually, when the caribou return, both the wolves and the villagers have enough to eat, and the musk oxen are restored to their natural balance.

This story tells about the changes in Eskimo culture after white men come and about how different people handled this encounter. Before the first explorers came to the Arctic, the Eskimos lived just fine without guns, matches, and electric stoves. Instead, they used traps, spears, and knives to hunt. When hunting fish, men built traps in shallow water and stabbed the fish with spears. Caribou were usually hunted in late summer or fall. They were hunted in water, with traps for when they swam and on land with pits. Men waited by ice holes for walruses and seals to come up for air.
Women and children also trapped animals, and in the summer gathered berries and vegetables, and grass for baskets. Eskimos used every part of the animal. In Julie, a walrus’s flesh is eaten, the intestines used for rain gear, the skin used for boat covers, and the heart dropped back into the ocean so it can reproduce. Animal skins usually took about two days to prepare. First, they had to be dried and cleaned with a bone scraper. Next, they were stretched, twisted, softened, dampened, and stretched again. After the skins were prepared, they were cut with an ulu knife and sewed with a bone needle and animal sinew. Finally, they were dyed with the juice of berries and decorated with shells. Just like this, Eskimos could make their own clothes and didn’t need modern sewing machines

Eskimos could also make their own shoes using materials from nature. In the summer, socks and shoes were braided with grass and fit snugly. But on the other hand, winter boots had three layers of socks, with grass spread in between them for insulation. Women chewed on the winter boots to make therm stretchy and comfortable.

Even without bricks and cement, Eskimos could make pretty sturdy houses that kept them warm. Winter houses were built of snow blocks stacked on top of each other. As the blocks got higher, they tilted inward to form a roof. Snow was then pressed in the cracks and half melted snow was used to cover walls and was soon frozen again, making the wall steady. They used ice or clear sealskin for windows. Summer houses were made of sealskin, rocks, and poles. Half of the house was for sleeping and the other half for cooking.

Although they didn’t have cars, Eskimos had many means of transportation, such as kayaks or umiaks (for water) and dog sleds (for land). Kayaks were covered in sealskin except for the hole in which the paddler sat. Dog sleds were used when waterways were covered in ice. The sled could carry supplies, and when there was room, the driver’s family rode.

Even in these severe conditions, Eskimos still found a way for their children to have fun. Boys played with animal figures carved by their fathers, and girls had cat’s cradle and dolls for entertainment. Babies spent their first year on a hood on the mother’s jacket, called an amaut.
Eskimos also believed in inuas, or spirits, and had to follow certain rules to please them. Breaking these rules was called taboo. When there was a problem or when someone broke a taboo, the anakok, or medicine man, talked to the spirits to fix it. An example of a taboo is when you overuse resources, which would throw off the balance of the tundra and endanger the people’s survival.

After the first European explorers got to the Arctic, things began to change. Some Eskimos fought and some traded peacefully with the first explorers. The white men traded guns, knives, tools, matches, steel traps, tea, coffee, sugar, and alcohol for furs, kayaks, and meat. Missionaries came to the Arctic and converted most Eskimos to Christianity, and offered them more things like medicine and food. After a while, Eskimos became dependent on the things the white men gave them, and had to trade more furs for them. Because of the fur trade, they started over hunting, and many animals became endangered, such as whales.

In Julie, everybody is using guns, electricity, and other white man’s things. They become dependent on them. Kapugen is using guns and tells Julie to use them, too, but at the same time, he is trying to restore the musk oxen that the Eskimos wiped out when the white men gave them guns.

When Kapugen, a friend named Atik, and Julie go walrus hunting, Kapugen says they kill two, because that is all they need. Atik tells him how much more money six sets of tusks will bring. They are torn between staying in balance with nature and making enough money for their village to survive. These Eskimos are trying to hold on to their traditional way of life but, by becoming dependent on the goods that the white men gave them, they couldn’t .

Jean Craighead George uses great detail when describing the Eskimo way of life in Julie. Her descriptive style really helped me understand how it was that they lived. For example, when Julie and her stepmother help a cow to deliver a calf, "Perspiration poured from Ellen's face as she slowly but correctly turned the calf. Its forefeet appeared, then its head." The perspiration and the word "slowly" help me get an image of how hard this work is, and I can imagine how it's done and what it looks like.

George completely captures the hard changes that they went through with the white men. While Julie wants to hold on to their old traditions, her father has become dependent on the white man’s things. George really expresses these torn feelings through her words. When Julie and her father are discussing the fate of the wolves, "Julie understood that for the good of the village he had adopted the Minnesota law and his heart had frozen solidly around it." George uses careful wording in this sentence. That one word, "frozen," describes how Kapugen is not completely wanting to go with the Minnesota law but knows that he has to, and will do anything he has to do for his people's survival.

I really enjoyed reading Julie. This book tells of the time of struggle after the white men came to the Arctic. I think that to fully understand Julie’s feelings in the beginning of the book, you must read Julie of the Wolves first. Both are filled with emotion. I think Julie is a book for children and adults that are interested in the world around them, who would like to know how it is today and how it got there.
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on September 29, 2014
A fascinating story about an Inuit girl who lives on the tundra and gets to know a wolf pack. Her father has adapted to a more modern lifestyle, which Julie would rather not do. This is a story of a strong, independent and courageous girl willing to face many perils and determined to find her own way through life. Many details about Inuit life are well told here in a story well researched by the author. Readers who enjoyed this book may also enjoy the book Alone Across The Arctic.Alone Across the Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog Team
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on September 30, 2016
Loved, loved, loved this book as a kid. While Julie is more about Julie, this third book is almost all about the wolves, primarily the son of Amoroq and new alpha, Kapu, and, later, his own daughter, Sweetfur Amy. If animal or nature stories are your thing, look no further. We do get a bit of closure on Julie to boot (and a wee bit of romance).
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