The Literary "Hall of James" 10 Favorite Fictional Characters List/Julie
Hall of James Summary
Julie had to leave her house to find her home. Along the way, she survived not as a lone wolf but as alone among the wolves.
Character Julie (new school name) Miyax (old school name)
Story Julie of the Wolves (1972)
Author Jean Craighead George
J-List rank #4
Julie of the Wolves 1st edition cover
Julie is the youngest person entered in the J-List literary fictional favorite characters top 10 rankings. She begins her journey alone on Alaska’s unmerciful tundra during the burgeoning stage in life that is 13 years of age. She arrives triumphant but disillusioned at the end of her travels still not having reached her 14th birthday.
The calendar designates Julie as a girl, but she displayed the mettle that renders one worthy of being called a woman. Miyax, as she is known in her native Eskimo tongue marched out of the lush landscape of a well-trained cadet into the rugged terrain occupied by a battle seasoned soldier inside of one year. She did this by applying her father’s teaching of traditional ways while among the wolves.
The Hall of James 10 Favorite Fictional Characters
1. Gabriel “Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953) James Baldwin
2. Miss Clara “The War Room” (2015) Chris Fabry et al
3. Hawkeye “The Last of the Mohicans” (1826) James Fenimore Cooper
4. Julie “Julie of the Wolves” (1972) Jean Craighead George
5. Teresa Mendoza “Queen of the South” (2002) Arturo Perez-Reverte
6. Patria Mercedes Mirabel “In the Time of the Butterflies” (1994) Julia Alvarez
7. Atticus Finch “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960) Harper Lee
8. Mathu “A Gathering of Old Men” (1983) Ernest J Gaines
9. Yusuf Ali aka ‘Professor Rat’ “ The Washington Square Ensemble” (1984) Madison Smartt Bell
10. Bagheera “ The Jungle Book” (1894) Rudyard Kipling
The wolves were the allure that led my tween aged self to pursue Julie’s story. I being canine centric gravitated towards dog related stories. I had already discovered the dog as boy's best friend. Also, the book’s cover brought to mind Jack London’s “White Fang”, a story I had previously enjoyed. As such, I hardly expected the novel’s human centerpiece to grab my attention. However, she was someone my age (likely older) who accomplished what this cub/boy scout with an affinity for nature could only dream of doing. Julie survived the tundra.
Today, I am impressed with how this character transitioned from a daddy’s girl with childlike faith in his teaching to a mature individual who embraced her native culture even as the modern alternative became readily available. I also find it remarkable that Julie needed so few years to discover who/ what she is, accept that truth and decide to build her future based upon that knowledge. The irony of her evolution is that it occurred precisely because she tried to escape a traditional arranged Eskimo marriage, hastened by her husband's clumsy attempt to rape her. She lost herself to find herself.
© 2014 James C Moore