Author Jean Craighead George, best known for her middle grade novels such as Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain, has died at the age of 92. A cause of death has not been announced, but she is said to have died “peacefully and painlessly” according to her agent Ginger Knowlton.
Having worked as a journalist when she was younger, George wrote her first novels in the late 1940s with her then-husband John Lothur George. After they divorced in 1963, she continued to write and in 1972 Julie of the Wolves was published. The tale of a young girl experiencing changes forced upon her culture from the outside, the book was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1973 and came to be included in elementary school reading lists.
Jean Craighead George continued to write well into the 21st century and ultimately wrote more than 100 books. Her work was characterized by a keen interest in the natural world, and in the impact of mankind on the world in which we live. For more information, check out: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/books/jean-craighead-george-childrens-author-dies-at-92.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper