Her inspiration for the Newbery Medal-winning Julie
of the Wolves evolved from two specific events
during a summer she spent studying wolves and
tundra at the Arctic Research Laboratory of Barrow,
Alaska: "One was a small girl walking the vast ad
lonesome tundra outside of Barrow; the other was
a magnificent alpha male wolf, leader of a pack in
Denali National Park ... They haunted me for a year
or more, as did the words of one of the scientists
at the lab: 'If there ever was any doubt in my mind
that a man could live with the wolves, it is gone
now. The wolves are truly gentlemen, highly social
and affectionate.'"

The mother of three children, Jean George is a
grandmother who has joyfully read to her
grandchildren since they were born. Over the years
Jean George has kept 173 pets, not including dogs
and cats, in her home in Chappaqua, New York.
"Most of these wild animals depart in autumn, when
the sun changes their behavior and they feel the
urge to migrate or go off alone. While they are with
us, however, they become characters in my books,
articles, and stories."
Jean Craighead George
Copyright 2018 © Barry M. Baker
Jean Craighead George was born in Washington,
D.C. and raised in a family of naturalists, Jean
George has centered her life around writing and
nature. She attended Pennsylvania State University,
graduating with degrees in English and science. In
the 1940s she was a member of the White House
press corps and a reporter for the Washington
Post. Ms. George, who has written over 100 books
- among them
My Side of the Mountain (Dutton), a
1960 Newbery Honor Book, and its sequels
On the
Far Side of the Mountain
and Frightful's Mountain
(both Dutton) - also hikes, canoes, and makes
sourdough pancakes. In 1991, Ms. George became
the first winner of the School Library Media Section
of the New York Library Association's Knickerbocker
Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented
to her for the "consistent superior quality" of her
literary works.