To the people in her small Alaskan village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. But when she loses her family at the age of 13, Miyax finds herself being pressured into a marriage — one that promises to be abusive. Desperate to escape, Miyax runs away, only to find herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness
Without food and time running out, Miyax tries to survive by copying the ways of a pack of wolves. Accepted by their leader and befriended by a feisty pup named Kapu, she soon grows to love her new wolf family. Life in the wilderness is a struggle, but when she finds her way back to civilization, Miyax is torn between her old a new lives. Is she Miyax of the Eskimos — or Julie of the wolves?
Julie's story continues in the novel's sequel Julie.
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“Miyax, like many adolescents, is torn. But unlike most, her choices may determine whether she lives or dies.... Is she Miyax, Eskimo girl of the old ways? Or is she Julie (her 'gussak' — white people-name), the modernized teenager who must mock the traditional customs? And when a pack of wolves begins to accept her into their community, Miyax must learn to think like a wolf as well." — Emilie Coulter, Amazon.com Reviews
|Recommended Age||12 and up|
|Author||Jean Craighead George|
|Publication Date||Sep 16, 2003|
|Award Winners||Newbery Medal|