Up a Road Slowly
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.
This book is sweet, sincere and touching. Julie's innocent, earnest journey from confused seven-year-old to confident seventeen-year-old. In short, manageable chunks we observe...more
Up a road slowly
By Irene Hunt
Confused would be the word for Julie. Her life was confusing and sad. The loose of her mother left her empty and saddened. She did not understand why she would have to leave her warm home and live with her aunt and uncle. Julie her sister and brother went to live with their aunt Cordeilia. Their aunt was kind and loving. Their uncle was a wise and caring man who had an alcohol problem. Julie found herself the only child now living in her aunt’s home...more
describing Uncle Haskell:
"He was a handsome man, this uncle who was both an alcoholic and a pathological liar. His face at fifty-...more
I was very frustrated by the lack of placement in time or place in the text, which was not assisted at all by the cover of the paperback copy that I read which features a pretty modern looking (if on the sentimental, traditional side) teenager. For a book published in the middle of the 1960s, it seemed to me to extraordinarily nostalgic of a simpler,...more
This book was actually quite wonderful. I found it at my local library and thought it looked interesting. I'm very glad I picked this up and actually wish I had read it when I was a teenager. It was sort of like reading a diary of someone's life. Julie went through so many emotions. There were...more
However, I loved this book. I don't know why because it was everything I thought it was going to be. But I loved it....more
I related very well with all the relationships, not because I experienced anything like them, but because Hunt put into words perfectly all the emotional growth that occurs during those sometimes awful teen years. She mades growing up seem reasonable, normal, and transcendent...more
With obvious compassion, the author gently takes us through the young life of Julie, from a small girl to an emerging college student, ready to move out on her own and take on the challenges that the world sees fit to present.
Any reader of any age or gender should be able to closely identify with parts of Julie's story: The mistakes she makes...more
It reminded me a bit of Anne of Green Gables, in that it's about a young girl (Julie) growing up with her spinister aunt (named Cordelia of all names) after her Mother dies. And it follows her life from 7 years old to high school graduation.
Julie is not quite as dramatic and imaginative as Anne but she does have a similiar temper and stubborness that gets her in trouble from time to...more
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 superbl...more
I guess my teenaged instincts were right. This was a very touching account of a girl's childhood. Her mother dies when she is seven, and she and her brother aresent to live with her aunt, although her 17-year-old sister stays with the father. It has a very amorphous sense of time - the family lives in the country and the girl attends a one-room schoolhouse. Later...more
I don't remember all the details, but it's a set in the early 20th century, or even the turn of the century. The story follows a girl's growing up from childhood to young womanhood. I remember reading it over again at various times while growing up. Now that I know it's still in print, I think I'll gift it...more
A very good coming of age novel, but I will always love Irene Hunt's Across Fiv...more