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.
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 wi

  • Title: Up a Road Slowly
  • Author: Irene Hunt
  • ISBN: 9780425202050
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Without a doubt, beyond compare, my favorite book ever. Up a Road Slowly is the book sent to me by my closest aunt the fall after my father died. It came with a note telling me how much she treasured the book and hoped that it would find a place in my heart too. Whether it was because the book came from such an influence in my life or because I was still emotionally raw when I read it, (or maybe because it's a Newberry Award winning novel,) Up a Road Slowly struck a chord within me that has neve [...]

    2. I first read this book in high school, when I found it while shelving books at the public library (I have that job to thank for so many favorite reads!) and I'm sure I read it 5 times between then and graduating from college. I just reread this book for the first time since college this past week, and was not disappointed.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 [...]

    3. The book is written in the style of a memoir, which gives it feel (at least to me) of really being a book about childhood and growing up for adults.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, [...]

    4. (Spoilers ahead!) This Newbery Medal book came out in 1967 -- but I never read it until now. When seven-year-old Julie loses her mother, she also loses her home and her sense of security. She goes to live with her mother's sister at the family homestead. Aunt Cordelia has never married, but her brother (a narcissistic, essentially harmless alcoholic) lives in a separate house on the property. Aunt Cordelia teaches in a one-room schoolhouse, where as a young woman she coached her beau into higher [...]

    5. Well . unfortunately I wasn't overly impressed with this book. For one thing, it bothered me that I couldn't quite ascertain the era in which the story takes place. The characters seemed to hold values of a bygone era (the importance for a woman to keep her house clean, the idea that it's a man's world [I think Uncle Haskell said that] & the notion that the aspiration of all young girls is to get married and become a good wife) and seemed old-fashioned even within the context of the story. I [...]

    6. After I posted a story of a telephone interchange I had as a girl shortly after my mom's sudden death, a friend remarked that my story reminded her of this book. Last night I needed some escapist literature. I always say, Better an excellent children's book than some shoddy pulp fiction. I was in the perfect melancholy mood to appreciate Irene Hunt's novel in a minor key. I read it in one sitting and my responses have been brewing ever since.Will it be a five star book for you? I don't know. The [...]

    7. I love this book. I have loved it since I first read it back in third grade, and continued to love it this week. What I don't quite understand is WHY I love it. A lot of reviews here liken it to Anne of Green Gables, but outside of the very basic plot (girl goes to live with stern older woman), it's not at all similar, in plot or style. It's incredibly old-fashioned, in thoughts and terms and story. The language and how it flows is very 1960s, and reminds me a bit of Madeleine L'Engle's precocio [...]

    8. This book was first published in 1966, and it shows. Like, you can definitely tell from the get go that not only does the story take place a while ago, but it’s definitely written in that young-adult style of the past. Do you know what I mean? To me, the stories and characters in most YAs from 20+ years ago feel more removed—like, the emotions feel more sugarcoated and distant or something. Anyway, while there’s nothing wrong with that style, it did take me a while to get into the book bec [...]

    9. Up a Road Slowly is a love story. Not a boy meets girl kind of story, but a girl meets maiden aunt kind of story. Julie is seven when her mother dies and she and her older brother are whisked of to live in the country with Aunt Cordelia, a spinster school teacher with a ram rod posture and a ram rod distinction between correct and not. Julie and Cordelia are instantly at odds. They rub against each other for the next ten years where they find that they have rubbed off on each other to the better [...]

    10. This book is a love story but also about a young girl that comes to grow up in the story. It takes place in the mid 1900s. She goes through tragic events, such as her mother dying, school problems, dating, and family issues. I definitely recommend this book if someone is looking for a book that would touch them and make them think about what they are doing in their lives. It really touched me and I've acted different with people ever since.

    11. I had to read this for school but recently read it again. Loved it even more this time. A gentle book about growing up, with many life lessons along the way.

    12. DNFI found it boring and figured the whole book is gonna be about ordinary events in an ordinary girl's life. So, no thank you.

    13. If you are looking for a plot-driven book, Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt is not the book for you. This quiet novel is about Julie's growth, her changing relationship with her relations, and her adolescent romances. This is a lot of story to pack into a book of less than two hundred pages! For this reason, I once thought the book tedious but now love most everything about it. I'm glad that it survived the cull of my books when I moved out on my own as an adult.The first chapter doesn't sell me o [...]

    14. Originally reviewed at Newbery Pie, newberypie.wordpress/2015Two weeks ago, if you would have stopped me in the street and said, “Quick! Name an Irene Hunt novel!” I would have automatically responded with, “Across Five Aprils!” I’m not even sure I knew Up a Road Slowly existed until I saw that it was next on the Newbery list. First I want to say that I was very impressed with the writing in this novel. It’s only 186 pages in paperback, but there is a total, but subtle character tran [...]

    15. Read for 5420 classI am so thankful that jFics have come a long way since Up a Road Slowly was published in 1966 because this book was just awful. Firstly, the emotions Julie experiences are much too mature and nuanced for a seven-year-old, which doesn't lend verisimilitude to the narration, even though it is told from adult Julie's perspective. This adult point-of-view also lends a didactic tone to the overall story, which adds to the impatience and frustration I felt as I read Up a Road Slowly [...]

    16. Slowly is right, though suddenly at times. The book is about a girl who, at 7 years old, is transferred to her aunt's house because her dad is single and thus (in the author's opinion) unable to care for her properly. The girl grows up and discovers who she is and what different kinds of relationships mean to her. The sentences flow smoothly and are well written - give the author an A for completing a marvelous writing assignment. However, the story moves very slowly but jumps from one setting t [...]

    17. I write my reviews as a letter, which is why they are written like thisDear Irene Hunt,. The first time that I picked up this book I was in seventh grade. I did not like it. I thought it was boring, and I didn't understand what was happening. Now, many years later, I picked it up again. I enjoyed it this time around. Julie was a very relatable character. I understood her struggle with loneliness, and her desire for love. At the same time, she was someone who was rather cold and also temperamenta [...]

    18. Up a Road Slowly is a fictional story set during the mid-1900’s. Irene Hunt, the author of Up a Road Slowly, has written multiple novels including Across Five Aprils, The Lottery Rose, and No Promises in the Wind. Up a Road Slowly won the John Newbery Medal in 1967.Up a Road Slowly follows the story of Julie Trelling from the age of seven to eighteen. After her mother dies, seven-year-old Julie goes to live with her spinster aunt Cordelia in the country. In the beginning of the book, Julie see [...]

    19. 4.5 stars. Lovely story about a feisty girl raised by her Aunt Cordelia, a schoolteacher maternal aunt in a rural school. We meet Julie at age 7 after losing her mother and watch her grow into a 17-year old Julie as she graduates from high school. This book reminds me of the Anne of Green Gables series. Likes:* Julie's academic family* Laura, Julie's older sister(view spoiler)[* Danny Trevort helping Aunt Cordelia at school and at her home* Alicia, Julie's accomplished step mother and high schoo [...]

    20. 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 rides with 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- her mother's death, the painful jealousy Julie felt when her beautiful sister married, the tragic death of a schoolmate who she didn't quite like at first, the [...]

    21. This was a favorite of my mom's when she was young. I loved the story, and the vivid characters the author created. I feel like Julie and I could have been friends growing up.This book is definitely in the vein of Little Women. A strong-willed main heroine, a loving but stern mother figure, and growing up are all key features in both books. The story is by no means an exact copy of Louisa May Alcott's novel, but it left me with the same good feeling that if you try hard, learn from mistakes, and [...]

    22. Up a Road Slowly is not an epic adventure. It is not a heartbreaking love saga. When I asked my mother why she loved this book and to remind me of the plot she simply replied: “Oh, it’s about a girl who goes to live with her aunt.” O….kay? But I came to find that it was so much more than that. It was a story about a girl not unlike myself who can be stubborn, makes mistakes, learns lessons, and finds love. As the story carries us from early childhood to the closing of high school we can [...]

    23. It says they went up the road slowly, but it went too fast for me! It's only 107 pages, and I loved experiencing Julie's life with her and all the interweaving of the people around her. To see her come to grips with her situation from losing her mother at age 7 to accepting the goodness of the people around her was a great journey for me. It wasn't maudlin or preachy. I learned right along with her and didn't want her to leave me on my own. I can definitely see why this qualified for a Newbery a [...]

    24. I have half a mind to steal this book from the library. It seems almost necessary so Julie can take her rightful place on the shelf next to Laura and Anne. One of my favorite things is the unique ability a book has to make the tears burn behind my eyes and my heart ache just so. Irene Hunt's Up a Road Slowly does just that. Utterly lovely.

    25. Reread an adolescent favorite; much to my happiness it was as good as it was back then. Maybe better, as I really enjoyed the author's view into the mind of a teenage girl and the deepness and silliness that often go hand in hand, and since I'm probably 10-15 years older this time around, it all made much more sense.

    26. I'm going through the Newbery Award books and finding books I have read many years ago. This book was one of my favorites as a teenager. I read it several times.

    27. I really enjoyed this book. This was the second to last Newbery that I had to read to complete the list and didn't know what to expect. I feel an incredible connection with this book, as if I know the main character. The author describes character and personality so vibrantly. I'll let the book speak for itself with an embarrassingly long number of favorite quotations!describing Uncle Haskell:"He was a handsome man, this uncle who was both an alcoholic and a pathological liar. His face at fifty- [...]

    28. 57 1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt (Follett)July, 2013 (192 pages)After her mom dies, Julie, age 7, and her brother are sent to live with a maiden aunt while her much older sister stays with her father. She is heart-broken, but as the book progresses, she gains a kinship with the aunt and a comfortable familiarity with the nearby uncle.She tussles with the challenges and agonies of youth . At one point, as a budding writer, she shares some of her early feelings and her uncle comments that h [...]

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