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JULIE by Jean Craighead George


by Jean Craighead George & illustrated by Wendell Minor

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1994
ISBN: 0-06-023528-4
Publisher: HarperCollins

This sequel to 1973 Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves continues the story of Julie Edwards Miyax Kapugen, the girl who traveled across the tundra with her adoptive wolf pack. Miyax is now living in Kangik village with her father, Kapugen, and his gussak (white) wife, Ellen. Although initially uncomfortable with her new stepmother, Miyax comes to trust and--after they spend several days together in a makeshift shelter during a raging snowstorm- -love her. Peter, a Siberian Eskimo who was adopted by a couple in Kangik, has made his intentions toward Miyax known, intentions that Miyax, nearly 15, finds very pleasant. She forgives her father for killing Amaroq, her wolf leader, and tries to understand the desperation that forced him to do it. The one shadow that looms over Miyax is the knowledge that Kapugen will not hesitate to shoot more of her beloved wolves if they again threaten the uminmaks, or musk oxen, that he is raising as part of the village's cooperative industry. Miyax goes again to the wolves to lead them away from the oxen and Kapugen. But they return, and their fate depends on whether Miyax can prove to her father what he once knew but seems to have forgotten: that Eskimos and animals must coexist as friends. Interesting Eskimo village lore, and more lupine detail, but the unifying theme here--Miyax saving the wolves--is not nearly as arresting as the original. (Fiction. 10+)