I’m not a camper—I’m more what you’d call “indoorsy:—but when I read this book in fourth grade, it made me want to run away and live in a tree. It was a fun story, and sparked a lot of imaginative daydreams about living in the wild. I think it’s perfect for older elementary school or middle school readers.
Jean Craighead George wrote over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and she received a 1960 Newbery Honor for My Side of the Mountain. She continued to write acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world. Her other books with Wendell Minor include The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Everglades; Arctic Son; Morning, Noon, and Night; and Galapagos George.