George continues the story begun in Newbery-award winning Julie of the Wolves with the young woman's return to her father's home in Kangik, Alaska. As she becomes reaquainted 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 a 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.
Julie must make a hard decision. She has the choice to return home to her people or to stay in the wilderness with the wolves that saved her life. she is sure she wants to return home, but it will be hard!
I haven't read this book in years but I remember how much I loved it. I just recently bought the trilogy in hardcover so I dont need this paperback copy any more! Make sure you read Julie of the Wolves first. Here is a brief summary of Julie:
Julie decides to return home to her people after living for months with the wolves in harmony. When Julie goes home, however, she find that there are many changes. Her father has forsaken the Eskimo traditions and now looks after the musk oxen that serve as the villages income. He will do anything to protect them, even shoot wolves. Julie must find a way to reconcile the old ways with the new without putting her beloved wolves in danger.
Outstanding. It is probably aimed at an audience of teenagers - I read it for the first time when I was thirteen. I reread it with my daughter last year and found it as compelling as I had when I was a teenager myself. If you liked "My Side of The Mountain" you will enjoy this too.