Throwback Thursday

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Throwback Thursday – this is a weekly event hosted by me! It is the time each week to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take an icon and use it on your blog!

This week's throwback is:

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George


Lost on the Tundra

To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When the village is no longer safe for her, Miyax runs away. But she soon finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her.

Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, Mid she grows to love them as though they were family. With their help, and drawing on her father's teachings, Miyax struggles day by clay to survive. But the time comes when she must leave the wilderness and choose between the old ways an(] the new. Which will she choose? For she is Miyax of the Eskimos—but Julie of the Wolves.

Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey acoss the barren Alaskan tundra, 13-year-old Miyax chooses the tundra. She finds herself caught between the traditional Eskimo ways and the modern ways of the whites. Miyax, or Julie as her pen pal Amy calls her, sets out alone to visit Amy in San Francisco, a world far away from Eskimo culture and the frozen land of Alaska.

During her long and arduous journey, Miyax comes to appreciate the value of her Eskimo heritage, learns about herself, and wins the friednship of a pack of wolves. After learning the language of the wolves and slowly earning their trust, Julie becomes a member of the pack.

Since its first publication, Julie of The Wolves,winner of thr 1973 Newbery Medal, has found its way into the hearts of millions of readers.

I disliked this book when I had to read it in the 5th grade. I disliked most of the books we HAD to read at any age when I was in school. I also disliked books that were about nature, took place in places I couldn't picture/imagine, focused too heavily on animals, etc. etc. In fact, this may be where my initial love for contemporary fiction began, lol! But it's funny because I actually have fond memories of EVERY book I had to read in school, even if I disliked them! Ironic. And most of them I feel like going back and reading too, hahah.

This book was assigned reading in my 5th grade class for the approx. 6 weeks my family lived in Minnesota. We lived in Eagan, which is a "suburb" of Minneapolis, I guess you could say. We lived with relatives and my cousin was also in my class. This book (as well as one other that I will post about as soon as I can remember what it was called) remind me of our short time in MN. (For those interested, we ended up moving back. I have to say I've enjoyed living in Florida. I love the warm weather!)


Tina's Blog said...

I have pretty much the same idea as you- the books featuring nature and animals aren't the type I usually pick out. And yes, I do have good memories of Julies of the Wolves despite the fact that it really isn't my type of book!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

My brother used to live in Eagan! Right now, I would rather be in Florida. I am so tired of Minnesota winter!

I have not read this one but the cover is familiar to me.
I love childhood throwbacks.

Jenny said...

Tina -- how funny is that!

Michelle -- Small world! This week has been cold for us and it's not fun! But definitely a LOT warmer than where you're at, hehe.

I love childhood throwbacks too... I keep thinking of more and more and have to remind myself I want to try to mix it up and not be all children's books.

Trisha said...

I have no specific memory of the book, but when I saw the title, I had positive feelings. In gradeschool, I very much enjoyed nature books like this and Gary Paulsen's work.

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