Up a Road Slowly

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The Newbery Award-winning novel

From the author of Across Five Aprils and No Promises in the Wind comes her most beloved story of a girl's coming of age.

After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.

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Overview

The Newbery Award-winning novel

From the author of Across Five Aprils and No Promises in the Wind comes her most beloved story of a girl's coming of age.

After her mother's death, Julie goes to live with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, where she experiences many emotions and changes as she grows from seven to eighteen.

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Children's Literature - Heidi Quist
Because the disks were mislabeled, I began listening to the fourth and final CD first, but doing this didn't hinder the reading much. In fact, perhaps this set the tone perfectly as both the narrator's sing-song voice and the text reminded me strongly of Anne Shirley. As it turned out, the tone was not the only thing in common with L. M. Montgomery's character. Julie Trelling, like Anne, has a strong interest in her English classes, including poetry, theater, and creative writing. She also receives the same advice that Anne had when her imagination takes her to places she knows little about: "Write about things you know," says her Uncle Haskell. The story has a number of other plot elements as well, but as was the pattern of young adult books of the day, Up a Road Slowly is less plot and more theme oriented, more pointedly a bildungsroman for a girl in the 1960s. Blanchard's mini-plots to this end include stories about Julie's first two, and quite disparate, loves; her struggling to feel a sense of belonging after the death of a mother and her forced relocation to an old maid aunt's home; her attitudes towards a disadvantaged and mentally disabled girl her age; her dealing with an alcoholic uncle with a curious habit of showing up with his unused golf clubs at the most awkward moments; her handling of her idolized sister's marriage; and finally, learning to handle her father's remarriage to a dear woman she admires, but who also upsets things when she remodels Julie's childhood home. Young readers today will find some historic lessons as well as things in common with their lives today. Available in multiple formats including CDs (), Playaway (), and Digital (). Reviewer: Heidi Quist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425188170
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/7/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 165,445
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author


Irene Hunt is the author of many distinguished books for young people. Her first novel, Across Five Aprils, was a Newberry Honor Book and received a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. For her second novel, Up a Road Slowly, Ms. Hunt was awarded the Newberry Medal. Ms. Hunt was born in southern Illinois and has 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 she taught psychology at the University of South Dakota. Ms. Hunt now lives in Florida.
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  • Posted October 6, 2009

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    An excellent Young Adult book

    "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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2006

    Biggest fan of Up a Road Slowly!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2006

    OMG!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    Great Book!!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    What a satisfying read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    A Great Read!!!

    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.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2001

    An honest, beautiful book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2002

    Up a Road Slowly - amazing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    I read this as a 46 year old adult and I just didn't get why it

    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.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Good

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    People say this book is boring but it IS really good

    The book starts out slow but end up being really good

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    horrible

    really. hated it worst i ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2010

    This book was mediocre!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2010

    Very bland, confusing, slow, and not exciting to read at all.

    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.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    A must read for young adults

    This book was marvelous. Up a Road Slowly is a great book for young adults. It is about a young, temperamental girl, Julie, becoming a polite, sophisticated young woman. The book starts with Julie going to live with her aunt in the country. At first she really hates the idea but learns to love it there. When she has the option of moving back in town with her father she declines after realizing that her aunt's house is her home. Julie begins her schooling being taught by her aunt in a one room school house and eventually goes to high school in town. There she experiences her first love and heartbreak. Also, she finally finds true love. She peruses her dream of writing after being told how good she is. It has a sad turning point when there is a death of a love one. This is a wonderful book. It is a well written classic. I would recommend it to anyone who was looking for a quick easy read. Up a Road Slowly starts of a little slow and boring but becomes a great page turner. It is book that makes you laugh and cry. In conclusion this is a marvelous must read book for young adults. Julie becomes a nice young lady after living with her aunt for many years. The book is more directed to girls but boys will enjoy it too. This is a book that would be great for class discussion. It was so well written that I plan to read more books by Irene Hunt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2010

    A long slow read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2010

    It took me nowhere

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    good book

    Up a road slowly by Irene hunt is a historical fiction novel. This book was okay. It kept me reading, not necessarily because it was suspenseful, but because I wanted to finish it. Up a road slowly took place in Virginia in the early 1900s. Julie the main character of this novel was sedated and brought to her Aunt Cordelia¿s. She did not know the reason for this and it troubled her. Julie has to learn to like her Aunt Cordelia as a teacher, an aunt and a mother figure. Her mother had passed away but she never really finds out why she can¿t live with her father. Almost every weekend when she lives in this new house she visits her dad and her sister until her sister moves away. She visits her sister one day and her sister is pregnant. This troubles Julie because she used to be her sister¿s favorite but now when her sister is going to have a child of her own, Julie will not be the favorite anymore. Julie also visits her uncle Haskell almost every day. When Julie has the choice to live with her dad again when she is older, she chooses to stay with her Aunt Cordelia. Irene Hunt made this book more interesting than I imagined it would be. I imagined it would be boring because I knew a little about the book before I read it and it did not seem like an interesting topic to read about. She added very many words that were hard to grasp the meaning of but these words gave me the incentive to read. She chose a great character to tell the story. She chose Julie. Any middle schooler would like this book. They will learn that life is difficult for some.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2007

    A book from my past

    I read this book twice about 7 or 8 years ago. I loved it! as i was browsing through these books, i came across it once again. Now that I am older, i understand and appreciate it even more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    HIgh quality young adult novel

    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).

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