Up A Road Slowly

Up A Road Slowly

Book - 1966
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Publisher: Chicago, Follett Pub. Co. [1966]
Characteristics: 192 p. 23 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Jul 08, 2019

This is a Newbery Award-winning book about ordinary people to whom nothing extraordinary happens – except life. But it is well-written and the interior monologue of the main character is so well-done that I am sure many girls have read it and become more prepared for life than they would have otherwise.

The story follows Julie from age 7 through high school graduation at age 18. She goes through the petty jealousies, loves, and rivalries of childhood and suffers through a very bad relationship with a handsome jerk in high school. She deals with her father’s remarriage and other rethinking about her parents.

It’s simple, yes, but the growing understanding of Julie and the portrayal of several fully-realized characters make this book a lot more than its basic plot. The writing slowly pulls you in and makes you live Julie’s thoughts. As Julie makes bad mistakes (e.g., mistreating a disabled classmate, doing her dead-end boyfriend’s homework, insulting another professor), we get to experience her guilt, her growing understanding, and her attempts to make things better.

Lovestoread5 Jun 25, 2018

A fantastic book spanning 10 years in the life of a young girl from 7 to 17 years. It's spectacular watching how Julie grows and struggles through guilt, learning compassion, her first love and finding her place in the world only to let it go and come back to it later. Fabulous. I loved it.

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livylu
Nov 24, 2010

This is a great book about a girl growing up and the difficulties she faces in doing so.

i loved this book!! everyone should read it!!! i borrowed it from my friend and gave it back like, a day later!!! i love this!!

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?NANCY O'LEARY PEW
Jul 27, 2010

This Newbery Award winning book follows the life of one girl for 10 years as she goes to live with her Great Aunt Cordelia after the death of her mother, grows up and recognizes the love of her life.

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