Friday, July 22, 2005

Julie of the Wolves

This is the 1973 Newbery Award winner for children's fiction. Instead of reading Old Yeller like I planned, I read Julie of the Wolves. This novel falls squarely within the same genre as My Side of the Mountain by the same author and Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell where children learn independence and the value of their own cultures by interacting with nature. Julie, at 13, runs away from her arranged marriage and finds herself lost on the Alaskan tundra. She's not sure how she's going to survive, but help comes in the form of a wolf pack. Julie learns to communicate with them and she's accepted as part of the pack. It's funny and sad and in some places the lessons Julie learns are harsh, but this book is well worth the time it takes to read it.

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