Galleycat reports that children’s author Jean C. George has passed away at the age of 92. George is best known for her books Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain, the latter of which was one of the mainstays of my childhood reading. I will forever regret never having the chance to meet Mrs. George and tell her how much her book meant to me. (But given how many others did have that chance, I’m sure she already knew.)
More recently, George was in the news as a result of her decision to license the e-book rights to Julie of the Wolves to e-publisher Open Road, and HarperCollins’s subsequent lawsuit in response. One of Open Road’s filings in the lawsuit included a statement from George in Open Road’s favor. It’s a good thing she made it, because she’s not going to be testifying now.