George, a native of Washington, D.C., died on Tuesday, the New York Times reported. The author died from complications caused by a stroke, according to a report in the School Library Journal. She is survived by three children and six grandchildren.
Her agent, Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown, released a statement on George's death that was posted on the late author's website: Jean herself was a force of nature; with her booming voice and her strong ideas about life and politics; a much-loved writer whose work was among the most influential in the last century; a lifelong and powerful presence in the publishing industry whose impact cannot be measured solely by the millions of books she sold all over the world. The legacy she leaves behind for those of us at Curtis Brown who act so proudly on her behalf is that of a passionate and fearless naturalist, teacher, and artist. We are so grateful for the many years of good memories, and for all her beloved books that will live on forever.
The author died peacefully and painlessly, according to Knowlton.
Fans and authors took to Twitter to express their condolences.
My heart is broken at the news of Jean Craighead George's passing, tweeted romance author Louisa Edwards. I read JULIE OF THE WOLVES at least 175 times.
Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance Cycle series, cited George as an inspiration: Oh no. Jean Craighead George, author of 'My Side of the Mountain' among others, has died. Her work changed my life. RIP.
The news of George's death comes about a week after the death of Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are.