This sequel to George's Newbery Medal-winning JULIE OF THE WOLVES continues the story of Julie Edwards Miyax Kapugen, now living in the Eskimo village of Kangik with her father, Kapugen. Julie worries that her father will shoot the wolves if they threaten the herd he is raising as part of the village's industry.
In a sequel to JULIE OF THE WOLVES (HarperCollins), Julie proceeds with her decision to return to her father, Kapugen, in spite of her fears that he will kill the rest of her wolf pack as he did its leader. The relationships between Julie and her father, Julie and her new stepmother, and, once again, Julie and the wolves are skillfully drawn; the books resolution is satisfying and believable.
From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8. George continues the story begun in Newbery-award winning JULIE OF THE WOLVES (HarperCollins,1974) with the young woman's return to her father's home in Kangik, Alaska. As she becomes reac-quainted with Kapugen, she tries to accept the fact that he killed her beloved wolf Amaroq. She must also come to terms with her father's abandonment of some traditional Eskimo ways in order to help the local population survive, his new wife (a white woman), and a new romantic interest of her own. Julie is no longer a loner; she, too, learns about being part of a community, one that is struggling to exist in a difficult and changing environment. But she also vows to protect the surviving wolves and move them to a place where they will not threaten her father's herd of musk-oxen. Although there is purpose (nearing obsession) to Julie's actions, readers must pay attention to the frequent shifts in the location of the wolf pack and the all-important caribou, vital to both the survival of the wolves and the village. As Julie seeks to move the pack leader, Kapu, and the other wolves closer to a food source, readers may sense some resemblance to the scenes of gaining trust in the earlier title and some may question Julie's interference with the natural order of things (an intervention she cannot possibly maintain). Still, the sense of place and of a people is strong throughout. In the end, her father changes his philosophy from needing to kill the wolves to releasing his oxen into the wild, a conclusion that is a bit abrupt but thoroughly satisfying.-Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI From Kathleen Karr Children's Literature Surviving through an Arctic winter with no food and only wolves to communicate with is a hard act to follow. George gives it her best in this sequel to JULIE OF THE WOLVES. How will Julie come to terms with human beings again, particularly her father, who murdered her favorite wolf? How will she learn to integrate the old Eskimo ways with the new? Most of all, how will she save her wolf pack from extermination when it attacks the village's small herd of musk oxen? Her beloved wolves must live, but so must the villagers-and the musk oxen are critical to both. In choosing to deal with broader, almost metaphysical concerns between the animals and humans of the far north, George rekindles interest in Julie's return home.
From Jan Lieberman Children's Literature
This is the sequel to JULIE OF THE WOLVES. Returning to her father's home, Julie meets his pregnant wife, a white-American, and believes he has forsaken their Eskimo values. As she interacts with her new family, her attitude changes. She learns the power of love and respect. In Part 2, Julie returns to her wolves to lead them to safer hunting grounds. Vivid descriptions of the pack and Julie's methos of accustoming them to her presence are riveting. She also meets a young man from Siberia and experiences the first stirrings of love, an indication that there may be another book. The author's knowl-edge of the terrain, Eskimo traditions, and wolf behavior are woven into a colorful tapestry that envelopes readers in its brilliance and warmth.
From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - starred review:
In a starred review, PW praised the "breath-takingly clear prose" and "striking observations about Eskimo culture" in this "nearly perfect" sequel to the 1973 Newbery Medal-winning JULIE OF THE WOLVES. Ages 10- up. (Feb.)
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