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Up a Road Slowly Library Binding – June 28, 2007

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“A book of distinction.”—Saturday Review

 

“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

 

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About the Author

Irene Hunt (1907 2001) was an American children s writer best known for historical novels. Her first book, "Across for Aprils" was a runner-up for the Newbery Medal, an award which she won for her second novel, "Up the Road Slowly". She was a nominee in 1974 for the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition available to creators of children s books. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Paw Prints (June 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435208722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435208728
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,021,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
If you were ever a child, ever an adolescent, you will understand Julie. I saw a lot of myself in her when I read this as a middle school dreamer. Irene Hunt's coming-of-age novel is a remarkably moving work - and therefore, timeless.
Little Julie Trelling and her older brother Chris are left to live with their firm, but kind Aunt Cordelia when her father is widowed. Bright, sensitive, and a bit of a rebel, Julie faces the tough challenges of growing up smart and female. During her childhood, Julie learns bittersweet lessons in heartbreak and compassion and justice and love as only as children do. As idyllic as her country life seems, there is prejudice, meanness, and smallness of human spirit in all corners of the world. Hunt emphasizes her point by making the time and place settings vague. We could all be a Julie living in a no-name town.
As Julie grows up from a young child of seven to seventeen, she tells her story in a voice both immediate and honest. So you feel her triumphs, spirit, wrongs, and experiences in "real time." Hunt creates a vibrantly alive character who draws you in with her compelling point of view. While this is primarily Julie's story, you meet the formidable Aunt Cordelia, whose own life could have been Julie's life. Both women are strong, admirable portrayals, making this an excellent book for girls. Other memorable characters are Alicia, Danny, Carlotta, and Aggie.
The book isn't all lessons and wisdom. It's mostly evocative and reflective, stringing together significant moments in growing up with precise detail of everyday things (like windowsills and bowls of berries), rather than being action-packed or plot-driven.
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Format: Paperback
My name is Scat ( short for Michael Scatena ) I am a 7th grade student at Wyoming Area High School that doesn't really like to read. After I read this book, I love to read. Now every day after school instead of watching tv, I pick up a book and read. While we were reading this book, I would take home a packet, and read ahead. Anyway I love this book. My favorite character is Aunt Cordelia because like my other favorite character in my favorite tv show, Aunt Cordelia taught Julie lessons, without really telling her. This book changed my way of thinking about people that aren't as fortunate as me. I recommend this book to anyone above the 3rd grade because its easy to read and its very easy to understand.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the best book I have ever read, not necessarily because its a real page-turner, but because the message it gives to anyone who reads it goes deeper. The story is about Julie Trelling growing up in her Aunt Cordelia's house in the country after her mother dies. Julie is seven at the time and the story ends when she is 17. Through the story Julie learns to deal with loss, embarassment, friendship, and most importantly love.

Many characters such as Uncle Haskell, Brett Kingsman, Laura and Danny Trevort help Julie to feel these things. This book also has a very witty dialogue and the characters are not perfect, thus being real. You can't help but feel moved and better after reading this book.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was twelve years old. I was lost in the beauty of the language and Hunt's description of ordinary things such as berries in a bowl. Her characters were alive in my soul. They moved me in ways no other book had ever done. Julie Trelling's story was sad and triumph; poignant and beautiful. This is one book I highly recommend to anyone who wants to fall in love with characters and read a book that you won't be able to put down.
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Format: Hardcover
When I was in 5th Grade about 15 years ago, a substitute teacher read this book aloud to us. I thought it started out slowly, but soon was completely cought up in it. Several years later, I completely forgot the title and author of the book and only remembered that it was about a girl growing up under the guidance of her Aunt. I was looking at the newberry awards section of our local library several years ago and was very surprised and pleased to have finally found it. I enjoyed it even more in my mid-twenties the second time around. Irene Hunt has a fluid, almost lyrical way of writing that really captured me. Her characters are so complex and richly described. Overall, this is a gem of a book...
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Format: Hardcover
I've noticed that quite a few people mentioned this book as plotless and boring. Granted, if you're looking for a thriller, this isn't the book for you. I read this book a few years ago and loved it, one of those books you grow up in, read over and over again, a dear friend. But I've forgotten about it until about midnight last night. All the sudden I had an instant craving for the book, like I had to read it IMMEDIATELY. But that's me, and everyone's taste in literature is different. And taste changes, I don't know that if I picked up the book again, that I would love it as much as I did when I was twelve, but I nonetheless have very fond memories of it. I guess I would compare it to Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, or the Anne of Green Gables series. They don't have plots, per se, like an adventure story, or horror, sci fi, or fantasy, they're in the comming to age category in which you appreciate life, childhood, innocence, maturity and the sweetest budding romance. There is heartbreak in this book, and happiness and joy and love. Not that I don't enjoy other genres, but this book will stay with you because it is comforting. Perhaps it is slow for those looking for action, or boring for those looking for suspense, but if thrill is what you're looking for, I don't know why you'd ever choose to read Up A Road Slowly in the first place.

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