Jean Craighead George wrote over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of theWolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and she received a 1960 Newbery Honor for My Side of the Mountain. She continued to write acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world. Her other books with Wendell Minor include The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Everglades; Arctic Son; Morning, Noon, and Night; and Galapagos George.
★ “Jean George has captured the subtle nuances of Eskimo life, animal habits, the pain of growing up, and combines these elements into a thrilling adventure which is, at the same time, a poignant love story.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
★ “[Julie’s] patient, intelligent courting of the animals and her resourcefulness in keeping herself alive are meticulously observed.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The evocatively written, empathetic story effectively evokes the nature of wolves and dramatizes how the traditional Eskimo way of life is giving way before the relentless onslaught of civilization.” — ALA Booklist
“The whole book has a rare, intense reality which the artist enhances beautifully with animated drawings.” — The Horn Book
“It is a book anyone who loves the outdoors will find hard to forget.” — Boston Globe
“[Jean Craighead George’s] novel is packed with expert wolf lore, its narrative beautifully conveying the sweeping vastness of tundra as well as many other aspects of the Arctic, ancient and modern, animal and human. It is refreshing to see the Arctic well portrayed through a woman’s eyes.” — New York Times
“Similar to Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Julie of the Wolves is a story about survival.” (from the article “15 Banned Books Every Tween and Teen Should Read”) — Brightly