New Release Books by Jean Craighead George

Jean Craighead George is the author of Julie (2019), Julie of the Wolves (2016), Ice Whale (2014), The Eagles are Back (2013), Hold Zero! (2011) and other 223 books.

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Julie

release date: Jul 02, 2019
Julie
The acclaimed sequel to the beloved Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves Julie''s decision to return home to her people is not an easy one. But after many months in the wilderness, living in harmony with the wolves that saved her life, she knows the time has come. But Julie is not prepared for all the changes that she finds. Her father has forsaken many of the old Eskimo traditions. He has given up his sled dogs for a snowmobile, and now looks after the musk oxen that serve as the village''s income. He will do anything to protect them—even shoot any wolves that might threaten the herd. Julie knows that, like her father, she must find a way to reconcile the old ways with the new. But how can she do that without putting her beloved wolves in danger? Don''t miss any of the books in Jean Craighead George''s groundbreaking series: Julie of the Wolves, Julie, and Julie''s Wolf Pack.

Julie of the Wolves

release date: Jan 05, 2016
Julie of the Wolves
The thrilling Newbery Medal–winning classic about an Eskimo girl lost on the Alaskan tundra Julie of the Wolves is a staple in the canon of children’s literature and the first in the Julie trilogy. The survival theme makes it a good pick for fans of wilderness adventures such as My Side of the Mountain, Hatchet, or Island of the Blue Dolphins. This edition, perfect for classroom or home use, includes John Schoenherr’s original scratchboard illustrations throughout, as well as bonus materials such as an introduction written by Jean Craighead George’s children, the author’s Newbery acceptance speech, selections from her field notebooks, a discussion guide, and a further reading guide. To her small Eskimo village, she is known as Miyax; to her friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When her life in the village becomes dangerous, Miyax runs away, only to find herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness. Miyax tries to survive by copying the ways of a pack of wolves and soon grows to love her new wolf family. Life in the wilderness is a struggle, but when she finds her way back to civilization, Miyax is torn between her old and new lives. Is she Miyax of the Eskimos—or Julie of the wolves? Don''t miss any of the books in Jean Craighead George''s groundbreaking series: Julie of the Wolves, Julie, and Julie''s Wolf Pack.

Ice Whale

release date: Apr 03, 2014
Ice Whale
From the most celebrated children’s nature writer of our time comes a posthumous new novel in the tradition of her Newbery award-winning Julie of the Wolves In 1848, a young boy witnesses a rare sight—the birth of a bowhead, or ice whale, he calls Siku. Years later, he unwittingly brings about the death of an entire pod of whales, and only Siku survives. For this act, the boy receives a curse of banishment. Through the generations, this curse is handed down: Siku returns year after year, in reality and dreams, to haunt the boy’s descendants. Told in alternating voices, both human and whale, Jean Craighead George’s last novel shows the interconnectedness of humankind and the animals they depend on. “It’s a bold, wistful, and heartfelt coda to a distinguished career.”—School Library Journal

The Eagles are Back

release date: Jan 01, 2013
The Eagles are Back
A picture book tribute to the efforts of dedicated volunteers who helped save the American bald eagle from extinction documents the story of a young boy who helped hatch an eaglet, in a tale complemented by sumptuous illustrations by the landscape artist of America the Beautiful. By the late Newbery Award-winning author of Julie of the Wolves.

Hold Zero!

release date: Aug 09, 2011
Hold Zero!
Craig and his friends have a big secret—they’ve built a real, working rocket. But will the countdown to takeoff begin before they’re discovered? Best friends Craig, Steve, Johnny, and Phil have spent months building a rocket—not some model or a toy, but a real rocket, with boosters and a launch pad and a remote control panel. Even better, they’ve managed to pull off the whole project in secret. The boys can’t wait to launch their rocket . . . but then their parents find out what they’ve been up to and tell the police. When they see how sophisticated the rocket really is, the police insist on inspecting all the blueprints and calculations, and the boys find themselves in a lot of trouble. Will their project go up in smoke? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

The Last Polar Bear

release date: Sep 26, 2014
The Last Polar Bear
The world is warming, and the ice is melting. Tigluk must save the last polar bear.

Galapagos George

release date: Apr 08, 2014
Galapagos George
This is the story of the famous Lonesome George, a giant tortoise who was the last of his species, lived to be one hundred years old, and became known as the rarest creature in the world. His story gives us a glimpse of the amazing creatures inhabiting the ever-fascinating Galápagos Islands. Renowned naturalist and bestselling author of the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the critically acclaimed Everglades Jean Craighead George once again introduces children to the wonders of the natural world in this incredible evolution story set in the Galápagos Islands. The back matter features key terms, a timeline, and further resources for research. Supports the Common Core State Standards.

A Special Gift for Grammy

release date: Apr 23, 2013
A Special Gift for Grammy
Newbery Medal winner Jean Craighead George, author of Julie of the Wolves, wrote more than one hundred books for children and young adults. In her heartwarming picture book, A Special Gift for Grammy, she celebrates the relationship between grandmother and grandchild. Hunter loves his grandmother so much that he gives her a very special gift. He presents Grammy with a pile of stones that he has carefully collected, and his grandmother is delighted. She finds them as amazing as Hunter does, because she shares his imagination and his appreciation of the natural world. Together they discover many uses for the stones, creating memories that will last a lifetime along the way. Jean Craighead George’s A Special Gift for Grammy is illustrated with expressive full-color art by the acclaimed team of Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.

Goose and Duck

release date: Jan 08, 2008
Goose and Duck
Whatever I did, Goose did. Whatever Goose did, Duck did. When I sat down, Goose sat down. Duck sat down too. What''s a little boy to do when a goose and a duck think that he''s their mother? Especially when they follow him around, doing everything he does! Newbery Medal winner Jean Craighead George''s comic story and Priscilla Lamont''s lively art make for a silly tale about boys, geese, ducks, and the rhythms of nature.

The Summer of the Falcon

release date: Aug 09, 2011
The Summer of the Falcon
June Pritchard and her pet sparrow hawk, Zander, are both caught between following the rules and spreading their wings to fly June Pritchard spends every summer with her aunts, uncles, and cousins in the big Victorian house that belonged to her grandfather. But the summer she turns thirteen, something has changed. Her mother is imposing new rules on her, and she starts to feel the thrill—and burden—of growing up. When June is given a sparrow hawk to train as a pet, she takes on the task, eager to prove she can be reliable. But Zander the sparrow hawk is as resistant to new rules as June is herself. Together, they must navigate the fine line between responsibility and freedom. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Going to the Sun

release date: Aug 09, 2011
Going to the Sun
Marcus Kulick and Melissa Morgan are prepared to defy their families to be together. But will their families ever let them go? Sixteen-year-old Marcus Kulick has two great dreams: to capture and kill Old Gore, the most prized mountain goat in Hungry Bear Valley, and to marry Melissa Morgan, the daughter of his father’s sworn enemy. But when a chance encounter with Melissa’s brother, Will, turns violent, and Will falls off the mountainside to his death, Marcus and Melissa are separated, perhaps forever. The next fall, Marcus takes a job at the state research station on the Jaw Mountain, hoping to track down Old Gore in his spare time—and to see Melissa, who is secretly working nearby. Reunited, Melissa and Marcus visit her Aunt Jerome, a justice of the peace who agrees to marry the young couple. But family feuds die hard, and Marcus and Melissa must make a difficult choice between love and family loyalty. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Dipper of Copper Creek

release date: Aug 09, 2011
Dipper of Copper Creek
Doug is enchanted by the water birds of Gothic Valley—but can he save them from the cruel forces of nature? Doug is visiting his grandfather, Whispering Bill, in the Colorado Rockies for the summer. Bill is the only prospector left in the ghost town of Gothic, once a center of gold mining, and he hopes to pass his knowledge along to his young grandson. Meanwhile, the water ouzels have begun to return to the valley. Doug is fascinated as he watches a pair of ouzels, Cinclus and Teeter, building their nest and laying eggs. But the nest is too close to the water’s edge. Can Doug protect the birds and their brood from the forces of nature? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Fire Storm

release date: Sep 16, 2003
Fire Storm
Alex enjoys kayaking behind the raft of his aunt and uncle as they journey down Idaho''s Salmon River, until they find themselves in the middle of a forest fire.

How to Talk to Your Animals

release date: Aug 09, 2011
How to Talk to Your Animals
Our pets speak to us in a language all their own, if only we stop to listen Can animals really talk? In How to Talk to Your Animals, Jean Craighead George turns her attention away from animals in the wild to those in our homes in this practical look at the ways our pets speak to us. Based upon the work of contemporary naturalists, psychologists, and zoologists, George explains the sometimes eerie phenomenon of unspoken communication observed by many pet owners, as well as the signals that our animal companions use to decide whether humans are friend or foe. Filled with loving stories of real animals “talking” to humans, this book will warm the heart of anyone who has ever loved an animal. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

How to Talk to Your Cat

release date: Feb 04, 2003
How to Talk to Your Cat
Find out what your cat is really saying -- and talk back! Jean Craighead George, Newbery Medal-winning author of over 80 books about nature and animals, demonstrates in words and photos how to communicate with that ever-mysterious, ever-lovable animal -- the cat.

Meph, the Pet Skunk

release date: Aug 09, 2011
Meph, the Pet Skunk
Sycamore Will wants a pet dog so badly—but a pet skunk might be just as nice! On a farm in the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania, Meph the skunk and his littermate, just three days old, are caught in a flash flood and nearly drown in the cold waters. By the time their mother comes to their rescue, only Meph can be saved. Sycamore Will, tired of being ordered around the farm by his father, is building a fire in the hearth of the summer kitchen when he hears a scratching sound. To his delight, he finds Meph trying to dig into the foundation from the cellar! Will becomes determined to adopt the little skunk as a pet—but he’ll have to contend with Meph’s mother first. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Masked Prowler

release date: Aug 09, 2011
Masked Prowler
Procyon, a young raccoon, explores the woods, has great adventures, and learns to survive in the world around him Procyon, a raccoon born in a forest in Minnesota, lives happily with his mother, brother, and two sisters. He spends his days playing in the woods around their den, learning to find larvae and crayfish in the streambeds, and to avoid predators like Otus, the screech owl. But eventually the little raccoon must leave his family to make his own way in the world, relying on all that his mother has taught him. Suddenly, Procyon’s littermates are his rivals—for food, for shelter, and for a mate. Evading humans as well as wild predators, Procyon uses his instincts and natural cunning to do what all animals must: survive and thrive. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Bubo, the Great Horned Owl

release date: Aug 09, 2011
Bubo, the Great Horned Owl
In the ancient forest, Bubo, a great horned owl, is the undisputed ruler—feared and despised For a year, the birds and other creatures of the forest have lived in peace and freedom. Then one night, the great horned owl Bubo comes back to claim his territory, shattering their calm. No one is safe from the reach of the tiger-bird—not even Felis, the house cat. Black Talon, another great horned owl, welcomes Bubo’s return. She has been waiting for a mate in order to start a family of her own. But in the wild, nothing can be taken for granted, and the other animals see the unhatched owlets as a chance for revenge. As Bubo and Black Talon try to defend their young against their enemies, the struggle for survival becomes an all-out battle. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jean Craighead George, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

The Cats of Roxville Station

release date: Jan 01, 2010
The Cats of Roxville Station
After she is thrown into a river by a cruel human, a young tiger-striped cat fights to survive amid feral cats and other creatures near Roxville train station, aided by Mike, a young foster boy who is not allowed to have a pet.

Cliff Hanger

release date: May 14, 2002
Cliff Hanger
Despite the dangers of a thunderstorm, Axel and his father make a difficult climb to rescue Axel''s stranded dog.

The Buffalo are Back

release date: Jan 01, 2010
The Buffalo are Back
The Newbery-winning author of Julie of the Wolves presents an environmental success story of the buffalo''s return from near extinction that describes the contributions of the Native Americans, cowboys and Teddy Roosevelt as well as the rebuilding of herds in national parks.

The First Thanksgiving

release date: Sep 01, 2001
The First Thanksgiving
Describes how the colonists aboard the Mayflower founded New Plymouth and celebrated their first harvest with a feast of thanksgiving.

My Side of the Mountain

release date: May 21, 2001
My Side of the Mountain
"Should appeal to all rugged individualists who dream of escape to the forest."—The New York Times Book Review Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods—all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever. “An extraordinary book . . . It will be read year after year.” —The Horn Book

Look to the North

release date: Jul 10, 2009
Look to the North
The Newbery Medalist offers a close-up look at the development of three wolf cubs--Boulder, Scree, and Talus--over the course of one year as they learn to howl, talk, play, and protect themselves in the alpine tundra. Reprint.

The Fire Bug Connection

release date: Jan 01, 1995
The Fire Bug Connection
In an ecological mystery, twelve-year-old Maggie, who lives with her parents at the Biological Research Center, tries, with the help of young computer genius Mitch, to figure out what is killing her fire bugs. Reprint.

Incredible Animal Adventures

release date: Aug 25, 1999
Incredible Animal Adventures
A collection of stories about animals which became beloved and famous, including Balto the sled dog which found his way through a blinding snowstorm and Koko the gorilla which learned sign language.

The Case of the Missing Cutthroats

release date: Mar 27, 1999
The Case of the Missing Cutthroats
This mystery begins when Spinner, a New York City native who would rather pirouette than fly cast, catches the family prize––much to her boy cousins'' dismay. The prize fish, a huge cutthroat trout, had been thought to be extinct in the river, and Spinner and her cousin set out to solve the mystery of how this one spectacular cuttroat survived until Spinner reeled him in. HarperCollins is pleased to republish Jean Craighead George’s fourth ecological mystery, which was first published in 1975 as Hook a Fish, Catch a Mountain.

Julie's Wolf Pack

release date: Jul 10, 2009
Julie's Wolf Pack
Julie finally finds the pack and is reunited with the family of wolves with which she had lived, but all is not safe and secure for them as the new pack leader, Kapu, is inexperienced in leading the family to food and safety
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