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
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.