Up a Road Slowly

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Up a Road Slowly
First edition cover
Author Irene Hunt
Cover artist Don Bolognese
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Follett
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback), Audiobook
Pages 192 pp (first edition hardcover)
ISBN 0695890093

Up a Road Slowly is a coming-of-age novel by Irene Hunt that won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1967. The story takes place in the United States during the mid 20th century.

Plot summary[edit]

When seven-year-old Julie's mother dies, she is sent to live with her Aunt Cordelia. Cordelia is an unmarried schoolteacher, and lives in a large home several miles outside town. Her uncle, Haskell lives in a converted carriage house behind the main house. Haskell is an alcoholic, with, like his niece, aspirations to be a writer, although he never manages to produce a manuscript. Her brother, Chris moves away from her to boarding school and leaves Julia all alone with Aunt Cordelia

At first, Aunt Cordelia appears stern and strict to the grief-stricken Julie, but as she grows to young adulthood, Julie comes to love her, and to see her aunt's house as home. She becomes so attached to Aunt Cordelia that even when she has the chance to move back with her father, she declines.

The story follows Julie from the age of seven to seventeen, from elementary school through her high school graduation, and documents the ordinary events in the life of a child: first love, the cruelty of children, jealousy, and struggles with schoolwork. At the same, as Julie develops. She also encounters problems in the lives of the adults around her, including mental illness and alcoholism.

Preceded by
I, Juan de Pareja
Newbery Medal recipient
Succeeded by
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler