Jean Craighead George
This is a book that I first heard read on NPR, many, many years ago. I loved it then from beginning to end and think you will, also. It is about a young Eskimo girl, known to her village as Miyax. To her penpal friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When Julie believes the village is no longer safe for her, she runs away, intending to walk to San Francisco and her friend’s home. 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, and she grows to love them as though they were family. With their help, and drawing on her father’s teachings, Miyax struggles day by day to survive. But the time comes when she must leave the wilderness and choose between the old ways and the new. Which will she choose? She is Miyax of the Eskimos – but Julie of the Wolves. For adventurous children ages 10 and up.