Episode 16: Julie of the Wolves


Julie of the Wolves

When author Jean Craighead George traveled to Barrow, Alaska in 1971 to study wolves, she thought it was for an article in Reader’s Digest… but when her editor rejected the piece, she decided to refocus on turning what she’d learned into a book for children. The (Newbery Medal-winning!) finished product was Julie of the Wolves, the story of a 13-year-old Eskimo girl who is forced to learn to survive among a pack of wolves on the tundra after running away from an unhealthy (to say the least) situation at home. In this episode, we talk about isolation, arranged marriage, the differences between Disney and The Revenant, my new puppy, and more. Thanks so much to Rose McAleese for joining us as a guest for Episode 16! Rose is an LA-based screenwriter who’s had the opportunity to write for shows on BET and Complex Magazine’s streaming platform. Check out her work at www.rosemcaleese.com and thenewblogontheblock.com. You can also follow her on Instagram (@rose_ettastone) and Twitter (@rose_ettastone).


Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else by Maeve Higgins

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs


“When You Read Julie of the Wolves in 5th Grade, Here’s What You Didn’t Notice About It” (Bustle, 2014)

“Banned Book Week: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George'“ (A Reader’s Ramblings, 2010)

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