Jean Craighead George

Jean Craighead George was an American author known for her children's and young adult books, including the Newbery Medal-winning 'Julie of the Wolves' and the popular 'My Side of the Mountain'. She was also a naturalist and wrote extensively about nature and the environment.


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  1. 1. My Side Of The Mountain

    This novel follows the adventurous journey of a young boy who decides to leave his crowded New York City apartment and live in the Catskill Mountains. Yearning for freedom and a connection with nature, he demonstrates resilience, resourcefulness, and a deep respect for the wilderness as he learns to survive on his own. Through his eyes, readers explore themes of independence, survival, and the profound bond between humans and nature. His experiences, from falconry to foraging, and the challenges he overcomes, offer a compelling narrative about finding oneself and living in harmony with the natural world.

    The 2332nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Julie Of The Wolves

    This novel follows the journey of a young Inuit girl named Julie, who finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness after running away from home. In her quest for survival, she becomes integrated into a pack of wolves, learning their ways and earning their trust. Through this unique experience, Julie, also known by her Eskimo name Miyax, embarks on a profound journey of self-discovery, survival, and a deep understanding of the natural world around her. The story beautifully explores themes of identity, cultural conflict, and the intricate bonds between humans and nature.

    The 5963rd Greatest Book of All Time