[[caption-width-right:319: Julie of the [[FloatingHeadSyndrome BIG GIANT HEAD]].]]
A young girl named Miyax attempts to escape from her former home and winds up lost on the Arctic tundra. She runs into a pack of wolves and rather than devouring her, she is adopted by them. The book deals with her struggle to learn how to communicate with wolves and her reasons for leaving.

The first novel, ''Julie Of The Wolves'' was written by Creator/JeanCraigheadGeorge in 1972, and two sequels, ''Julie'' and ''Julie's Wolf Pack'', followed. The first installment is often studied in classrooms and is also one of the most frequently banned books in classrooms due to its portrayal of death, rape, violence and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking menstruation]].

!!This book provides examples of:

* AerithAndBob: The Inuit family Julie goes to live with in Barrow: Naka, his wife Nusan, and their son ''Daniel''.
** Inuits are said to have two names, one English and one Inuit, but whatever Daniel's Inuit name is supposed to be, it's never revealed.
** Also the case with the wolf pack; we have names like Amaroq and Kapu, but there's also Silver, Nails, Jello, Sister, Zing, Zat, and Zit.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Daniel has an unspecified mental disability. His being teased by others for it is what prompts him to try to force himself on Miyax.
* ArrangedMarriage: At thirteen, Miyax marries the son of her father's business partner to escape living with her well-meaning but no-nonsense aunt. The match had been set up for Julie at a young age, but the ultimate decision was up to her. Another character explains that marriages like Julie's are quite common in their town and until both spouses get a bit older they mostly live like brothers and sisters.
* AnimalTalk: A more realistic version. Wolves don't communicate in words, but rather how we'd expect them to, with body language, touch and smells. Miyax spends a good third of the novel learning how to speak this new "language" and it's implied that other animals have their own set of signals like a flicking tail motion that shows that a ground squirrel is friendly.
* AttemptedRape: The catalyst behind Julie's decision to leave her home is when her husband Daniel tries to force himself on her. Keep in mind they're both barely teenagers.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Sure, at the end Julie makes it out of the tundra and is reunited with her long-lost father, but Amaroq and Tornait are both dead and the Eskimo way of life is over.]]
* DeathByNewberyMedal: Alas, poor [[spoiler: Amaroq]].
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Certain foods and smells are described as being delicious or wonderful, but given that these items tend to be things like raw owl entrails and wolf piss, it's more {{Squick}} than anything. The former is an actual Eskimo delicacy, and the latter is due to Miyax's experience with wolves.
* DisappearedDad: Miyax's father Kapugen disappears while kayaking and is presumed to be dead. [[spoiler: He's not.]]
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: Most editions of the book are victim to this.
* HeadPet: Tornait the Arctic tern.
* ImmediateSequel: According to [[http://www.jeancraigheadgeorge.com/qaa.html the author's website]], ''Julie'' picks up ten minutes from where the first book left off.
* MissingMom: Miyax's mother died when she was four. This is what causes her father to leave his job and take Miyax to live at a seal camp. (At least until he is convinced to have his daughter with Aunt Martha and attend school.)
* NauseaFuel: Invoked several times by the DeliberateValuesDissonance, but the scene that stands out is the one where Miyax eats caribou meat regurgitated by a wolf ''and enjoys it''.
* NobleSavage: Played with. At first Julie is convinced of this herself, but it's shown that some of the old ways can be counterproductive, HarmfulToMinors, or even plain cruel by modern standards.
* NobleWolf: This story is about wolves as pack animals complete with their own language and family customs. Amaroq, the alpha male, is a particularly classic example.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Implied to be a trope present in Eskimo culture. Miyax hasn't had her first period yet, but an Eskimo couple she encounters on the tundra guesses that her period is the reason she's out there alone. The woman recalls an old and mostly-defunct tradition to send young women into the wilderness by themselves when they are menstruating.
* ParentalAbandonment
* RaisedByWolves: Kind of. She's not raised from infancy, but she is adopted by them as one of their own, at least for a while.
* RapeAsDrama
* ScienceMarchesOn: Several decades after the book was published it's been discovered that wolf packs aren't so much a social structure based on dominance, but a nuclear family with the mother and father being the leaders.
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: Miyax, the name given to Julie at birth.
* {{Tuckerization}}: Miyax names Amaroq's son after her father Kapugen, though she calls him "Kapu" for short. In the sequel ''Julie'', Miyax names a new female pup after her pen pal Amy.
* {{Xenofiction}}: Not so much the first two installments, but the last book, ''Julie's Wolf Pack'', certainly qualifies