Up a Road Slowly

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Up a Road Slowly
Up a Road Slowly cover.jpg
Author Irene Hunt
Cover artist Don Bolognese
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Follett
Publication date
1966
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback), Audiobook
Pages 192 pp (first edition hardcover)
ISBN 0695890093

Up a Road Slowly is a 1966 coming-of-age novel by Irene Hunt that won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature. This book is about a young child named Julie who you get to see grow from 7-17 years old with her aunt Cordelia and uncle Haskell in the country.

Plot summary[edit]

When seven-year-old Julie's mother dies, she is sent to live with her Aunt Cordelia, an unmarried schoolteacher who lives in a large house several miles outside town. Her uncle Haskell lives in a converted carriage house behind the main house. Haskell is an alcoholic who, like his niece, aspires to be a writer (although he never produces a manuscript). Julie's brother Chris goes to boarding school, leaving her alone with Aunt Cordelia.

At first, grief-stricken Julie finds Aunt Cordelia stern and strict, but as she grows to young adulthood she comes to love her and to see her house as home. She becomes so attached to her 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 a child's life: the cruelty of children, jealousy, schoolwork trouble, and first love. Julie also encounters problems in the lives of the adults around her, including alcoholism and mental illness.

Awards
Preceded by
I, Juan de Pareja
Newbery Medal recipient
1967
Succeeded by
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler