Up a Road Slowly

Up a Road Slowly

by Irene Hunt

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The beloved author of Across Five Aprils and No Promises in the Wind presents one of her most cherished novels, the Newbery Award-winning story of a young girl’s coming of age…

Julie would remember her happy days at Aunt Cordelia’s forever. Running through the spacious rooms, singing on rainy nights in front of the fireplace. There were the rides in the woods on Peter the Great, and the races with Danny Trevort. There were the precious moments alone in her room at night, gazing at the sea of stars.

But there were sad times too—the painful jealousy Julie felt after her sister married, the tragic death of a schoolmate and the bitter disappointment of her first love. Julie was having a hard time believing life was fair. But Julie would have to be fair to herself before she could even think about new beginnings...

“Hunt demonstrates that she is a writer of the first rank...Those who follow Julie's growth—from a tantrum-throwing seven-year-old to a gracious young woman of seventeen—will find this book has added a new dimension to their lives.”—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101143940
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/04/2005
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 276,593
File size: 198 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Irene Hunt was the author of many distinguished books for young readers. Her first novel, Across Five Aprils, was a Newberry Award nominee and received a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Her second novel, Up a Road Slowly, was awarded the Newberry Medal in 1966. Ms. Hunt was born in southern Illinois and received degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado. For many years she taught in the public schools of northern Illinois, and later taught psychology at the University of South Dakota. She died in 2001.

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Up a Road Slowly 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
MFStone More than 1 year ago
"Up a Road Slowly" is an easy-to-read Y/A novel that is written at about a 5th-grade level, but the story will appeal to most pre-teen to teen-age girls, or anyone who is in the mood for a sweet, refreshing "quick read." Irene Hunt, an excellent author, has written this story of a young girl, Julie, who grows up and learns many of life's important lessons along the way. Her mother dies when she is quite young and she is sent to live with her maiden aunt, Cordelia, who is also her school teacher throughout elementary school. The book follows Julie's adventures in the country while living with her aunt, as well as her fondness for her beloved Uncle Haskell who happens to be a drunk, her love for her family, her interactions with friends, and the important lessons she learns about herself and others while growing up. I enjoyed this book because, while it was a sweet story, it was also filled with realistic situations that any young girl can identify with. Julie experiences jealousy when her beloved older sister marries, sadness and regret at the death of a schoolmate, difficulty in adjusting to a new step-mother, as well as the joyous abandon of a young girl who has fun riding her horse or romping around with her brother and a neighbor boy, Danny Trevort, as they get into all sorts of fun scrapes that can be found in a country setting. The story also shows how she learns what priorities are the most important in her life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good, clean, fun story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Narrated in a precocious voice, this story is one of the strongest YA books I have ever read. In a strong first person narrative, Julie Trelling relates the travails of growing up in the country with a rigid, undemonstrative aunt who is a schoolteacher. Along the way, she struggles to cope with her mother's death and the unique challenges she faces struggling to fit in with her peers. Partially due to her aunt's influence, Julie is gifted with a strong vocabulary and an articulate voice. Hunt's prose is particularly enjoyable to read. I also appreciated the literary allusions, especially those to Greek mythology, Millay, and Shakespeare. This book is an example of the golden age of young adult literature--before the rise of 'Ooh I stole your boyfriend!' teenybopper novels available now. As an adult reader, I can appreciate this. Actually, this is more well-written than most modern young adult novels. I was quite sad to see it end (which happened quickly for me I read it in two nights).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book so many times I can't even count!! I can't seem to get enough of the excitment of reading about Julie's life and what she goes through!! I cried when Julie cried, laughed when she laughed and got mad when she got mad! The book seems to grab you and take you into it's world and you can't put it down till it's done! I recomend this to all ages!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Up a road slowly by Irene Hunt!I cried, laughed and grew angry while reading this book....i read this book about 5 times and i cant get enough of it...is there a sequel because it ended in a way of a next adventure....i want there to be a sequel about Julie in college and her and Danny getting married...finally!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, as I do all of Irene Hunt's books. She is a very gifted writer, and she know how to really draw the reader into her stories and make them care about the characters as if they were real people. I am very glad I read this book. It was worth my while. There are very few books that I classify as very good fiction that is totally believable, but this is one of them. Two thumbs up and three cheers!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I happened upon this book through B&N readers' recommendations. The writing is beautiful, the characters are so vivid and real. How I loved Uncle Haskell! The book conveys such a variety of feelings, but mostly nostalgia. It is a truly touching book that relates to anyone and I thank the B&N readers for helping me find a treasure of a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I will always remenber reading. The ending was so lovely, I just burst into tears. I encourage you to read because it is 'short and sweet.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Irene Hunt is such a smooth and poetic writer. Up a Road Slowly was a coming of age story, the herione, Julia goes from a amazingly perceptive 7 year old to an very grown up 17 year old. the most atractive thing about this book was that it was so true to life. Another atractive quality was the vivid caracters. I highly recomend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really impressed with this book. There is a raw sadness about it that is expressed very eloquently through the main character's narration. Julie, our heroine, is a wonder to behond. We watch her grow from a naive yet perceptive seven year old to a smart and wise-beyond-her-years seventeen year old. This is a very touching coming-of-age story that tugs at the heartstrings. Though it isn't a sad book--more a story about growth and maturity--there are some undoubtedly sad moments in it, mainly when Julie reflects back on her childhood and the personal relationships she shared with many prominent people in her life. This book is filled with many other great characters apart from Julie--Aunt Cordelia, Uncle Haskell, Katy Eltwing, Aggie Kilpin, Danny Trevort and even Carlotta Berry. All in all, a wonderful book. Highly recommended.
goodnightmoon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Almost all the way through this book, it hit me: This book is exactly like Anne of Green Gables. It's got the same old-fashioned feel (I can't believe it's supposed to take place in the 1960s!), the same breakneck, covers-10-years pace, the same strict, unfamiliar new household, the same terse style of "We kissed and I realized I'd always loved him; the end." I did enjoy Julie's personality and her way of overcoming her various difficulties, but I didn't get enough character development (hello, Danny?) and certainly not enough scene description. Enjoyable, like Anne was, but not instructive or vivid to me.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julie¿s life changes completely when her mother dies and she is sent to live with her cold, school marmish Aunt Cornelia. At first, Julie hates her new life, but, as time passes, she grows to love and respect her aunt and to love her life in the country. Many years pass as Julie grows from a young child into an adult, as her sister marries, leaving Julie despondent for a time, as she develops friendships and romances.A very good coming of age novel, but I will always love Irene Hunt's Across Five Aprils best.
lunacat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Newbery Award winning novel follows the life of Julie as she grows from a grieving confused seven-year-old who has just lost her mother, through her teenage years until she is seventeen. In doing so, it charts not only her life but the lives of those around her.With no dramatics, explosions, magic or ending of worlds, this is a simple and yet stunningly beautiful tale of a girl growing up and the struggles she faces. From learning the guilt that being selfish carries to the knowledge that often, things cannot be fixed, Julie's life is a quiet pleasure to enter. Every interaction she has, every character shown is complete and so real I felt I knew them as well as she does.The language is poetic but never overcomplicated or flowery and atmosphere and setting are described with ease.I fell in love with this novel and the people within, and saw so much of myself in Julie that, by the end, I was in tears, not with sadness or even happiness but just with pure understanding.Sadly, I'm not sure this would appeal to many young readers out there now, and they are missing out on a huge delight. A book that is quietly understated, with no need for gimmicks, that lets the characters tell their stories with grace and honesty.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While this 1967 Newbery Medal winner is not a page turner, nor does it have the gripping, heart wrenching events that occurred in some other Newbery award winners, such as Out of the Dust. Missing May or The Higher Power of Lucky, it is a book I would recommend.The story is a simple one of a strong willed, stubborn, feisty seven year old who, when her mother died, moved in the country with an older, school teacher Aunt.The beauty of the book is in the elegant writing of the author as she superbly crafts the stages of maturation and the examples set by the Aunt as she tempers the headstrong, impetuous girl through adult hood.
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read Up A Road Slowly as a teen, and have always remembered it as a perceptive story about a young girl's un-extraordinary coming of age. Nothing very dramatic happens in this unassuming little paperback, but somehow the story has stayed with me all these years because of the carefully drawn characters and relationships described in deft prose. It's always a pleasure to read and find that one's memories are accurate. Up A Road Slowly, the 1967 Newbery Award winner, is a thoughtful, delightful book.After her mother's death, seven-year-old Julie Trelling is sent to live with her schoolteacher aunt in the country. We follow Julie through the next ten years as she grows up and begins to understand her world and the adults around her. In some ways this story reminds me very much of L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series. Though it incorporates many of the same events in the Anne books, Hunt's world is much less idealized than Montgomery's. For instance, both Anne and Julie have a schoolmate who dies young, but while Montgomery takes the romantic view that death can sanctify everything, Hunt is more focused on the grittier realities. Instead of a shy, loving Matthew, the male figure in Julie's life is her flamboyant drunkard of an Uncle Haskell. Aunt Cordelia (notice her name, Anne fans!) and Marilla are a bit closer in characterization as the older spinster who grows to love the young girl. Indeed, Cordelia is even closer to Aunt Hetty in Montgomery's The Story-Girl.Anne has a love affair that turns out poorly; so does Julie. But the circumstances are very different indeed. There are little touches here and there, like Julie decorating the table with flowers because of her artistic eye (just like Anne) and the spinster aunt Cordelia/Marilla eventually revealing a sad love affair in her past. I imagine that Hunt includes all these nods as a tribute to the strong influence Montgomery has had on the sub-genre of female coming-of-age stories.I also noticed many similarities to Norma Johnston's The Keeping Days, but they are less pronounced than the Anne likenesses. All three girls want to be writers, end up falling in love with a childhood friend who enrages them somehow when they are children, and have a strong older woman in their lives (whether aunt, mother, or guardian). Tish's and Julie's stories are narrated in the first person, while Anne's technically isn't (but Montgomery tells much of the story in Anne's words). All three girls are highly intelligent, and their education and academic achievements are extremely important to their development.Though some of the characters in Up A Road Slowly are only thinly characterized (like Danny), there are others I still remember vividly from my first read. Uncle Haskell in particular is a fascinating and tragic figure, maybe because the good in him ¿ though present ¿ is buried so deeply. He is a lying alcoholic who has never taken any responsibility for anything in his life. Haskell has pretensions of being a famous writer, but it's all a show (and probably just as much for himself as the rest of the world). The scene when Julie and Aunt Cordelia discover the start of a story on his typewriter after he dies (commits suicide?) is so poignant. Indeed, it's one of the main things I remembered about the book. His sister Cordelia blames their mother for how Haskell turned out; she spoiled him shamefully and his character was warped because of it. Though she never appears in the novel, Julie's grandmother has left a terrible legacy and its effects are felt by the next generation.The story leaves off as Julie finishes high school and looks forward to her coming college years. I wish that there were sequels! This is a gentle, wise, never oversweetened book that I'm happy to have rediscovered. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this as a 46 year old adult and I just didn't get why it received this award.  I don't think I read it as a teen but I really don't remember.  It definitely wasn't the worst book I'd read, there were moments of interest for me, but I just couldn't give it a high rating.  That being said, many people seemed to like it, so read it if it sounds interesting.  It did sound and look interesting to me but it didn't pull me through it quickly.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it but you r expecting it to go somewhere it never does It is not inappropiate but is not uplifting i had to force myself to read it but it has a good story line it says gods real name it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book starts out slow but end up being really good
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Allie Bartlett More than 1 year ago
really. hated it worst i ever read
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This author, Irene Hunt pulled you into this book by numerous things. I know I was put in tears a few times as well. In the beginning Julie Trailer was 7 years old when her mother passed away and was forced to move in with her aunt Cordelia, who lived out in the country. The book ends when Julie is 17. During these 10 years, she learns to live with the loss of her mother, the embarrassment through school, friend issues and love.In the beginning Julie absolutely despises having to move in with her aunt in the country. She comes to find out that the kids in the neighborhood don't really like her. She goes through a depression sort of thing as well. Later on down the road she gets the chance to move in with her father, but finds out he got married and didn't want to. The main reason was because she became so close to her aunt. If you like to hear about a twisty turning life, here's the book for you. It may be hard to understand for young aged kids. It is a good teenage or young adult book. Struggles through life, love, compassion, etc is all in this book. I know I fell in love with it about the second chapter. Overall, I do recommend this book to teenage (girls) mostly and young adults. This was probably one of my favorite books I have read this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very hard to understand. She used words in literature that were very hard to comprehend. She meant for it to be a young adult's book, but I think it's actually for an adult's book. This was a force read because I had to know what happened at the end. I was very disappointed at the end because the ending didn't actually end the story. This book took place long, long, ago in the country. The main character, Julie Trelling, is forced to live with her schoolteacher aunt when her mother dies. She often wondered why she could live with her father. But when she could live with him (he got married) she chose not to becaus she had become close to her aunt. This book is very sad. At some points I was tearing up. This is also a good romance novel for teens. It has relationships and love and stuff like that. It shows how love is difficult but you will always find it. This boook was really just for entertainment. No moral at all. I didn't like this book at all really. If you like excitment and twists and turns and a climax, then this is NOT the book for you. but if you like the complete opposite which is romance, drama ,no point to the book and it goes really slow, then you will love this book. In the end, this was the worst book I have ever read. I don't recomend this to people who love excitment. I think this is the perfect book for very very matured teens, or adults who like this sort of stuff.If the words she used were different, then maybe, just maybe, it could have been a better book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Introduction :I'm giving it 1/5 stars cause I have to give it some credit. The story was long with a few exciting things. Description and summary of main points : The girls mother died. She went to live with her aunt. The book is about her struggles of living with her aunt and adjusting to life without her mother. Evaluation : I didn't like the book because it made me sadand depressed. I don't like books like this. Conclusion :The aunt finds love and Julie graduated and moved on with her life. Your final review : I would say maybe just incase someone would want to read it. I don't recommend this book because it makes me feel sad. I don't like these kids of books because they make me think of death. It really upsets me I don't like thinking about these things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this story is about a girl who has to move in with her aunt after her mother dies, and she has to do all kinds of things around the house. But she's also like a bird. She starts out as a seven year old girl who is living with her aunt, then it's kind of like her hand is being held till she turn seventeen and her aunt insists that she goes to the Town University. The authors's purpose was to the readers, that you have to take what life hands you, (in my point of view). I think this book was supposed tobe a sad book in kind of a way. The book "Up a Road Slowly" didn't really take off till i got closer to the end. I, myself, doesn't think that the books really reach its' goal. Well, maybe in some cases it did, but overall it didn't. I haven't read any other books in this genre. If you are a person that likes the fast, mysterious, and adventurous books, then you will not like this book "Up a Road Slowly" didnt have any interesting things till I got to the end of the book. I really didn't enjoy reading this book because i love the kinds of books where exciting things happens. And this book didn't have any exciting things till the ninth chapter out of eleven. I think the books that start exciting will defiantly end exciting or leave you hanging so you will read the other following books; thoe are the books I like, not the slow kinds.