kirstennnnnn (kirstennnnnn) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

book 223:  Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

This is the story of a 13 year old Eskimo girl, Miyax (aka Julie) who runs away from an unwanted marriage, becomes lost on the arctic tundra, befriends and is adopted by a pack of wolves for survival, and finally must decide her wolf or human, as gussak (white man) or Eskimo.  I would say that the target audience in terms of reading level is probably 10-14, but there are some dark themes including early marriage, alcohol and domestic abuse, attempted rape, and the need to kill to survive that probably warrant parental guidance.  It's a powerful, bittersweet story and a winner of the Newbery Medal.
Tags: adventure, cultural studies, human spirit, kidlit, nature, newbery winner

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