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Banned Book Review: Julie of the Wolves

December 9, 2005

38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

Reason: Challenged for socialist, communist, evolutionary, and anti-family themes.

Sometimes I just want to pat the people who ban these books on the head and say “You keep telling yourself that honey.”  Julie leaves the home of the husband who assaults her and learns to live in the wilds of Alaska.  Along the way, she learns the value of the culture in which she was raised and befriends a pack of wolves who teach her to survive in a family group.  Julie is anti-family because her aunt and husband’s family treat her as slave labor.  She longs for the company of her father, who she was taken from when he refused to send her to a white school.  Julie’s only notable “evolutionary” remark is that Eskimos have always known that the world is round, because the moon is round.  The book is well written and the descriptions of the world of the Alaskan wilderness are especially poetic.  Recommended for ages 9-12.  If you give this book to your child, be sure to give them the whole trilogy.

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