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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,608 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Irene Hunt Narrator: Jaselyn Blanchard Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781482981209
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Julie would remember her happy days at Aunt Cordelia’s forever. Running through the spacious rooms, singing on rainy nights in front of the blazing fireplace. There were rides in the woods on Peter the Great, the races with Danny Trevort. Maybe best of all were the precious moments alone in her room at night, gazing at the sea of stars. But there was sadness too—the painful jealousy Julie felt after her sister got married, the tragic death of a schoolmate, and the bitter disappointment of her first love. Sometimes it all seemed like too much to handle. Julie was having a hard time believing life was fair. But she would have to be fair to herself before she could even think about new beginnings. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A book of distinction.”

    Saturday Review

  • Winner of the 1967 Newbery Medal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/6/2014

    " A sweet old-fashioned little novel written for the young adult reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diwanna | 2/2/2014

    " This was my favorite book as an adolescent. I have read it three times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 1/28/2014

    " Read this to be uplifted by beautiful writing - I've reread it many times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcy | 1/27/2014

    " I only read this book as a mission with a few friends to read all the Newbery medal winner books. I was not too impressed with the book from the start...I felt it was dark and depressing and really had no substance. However, with that being said, I really enjoyed the last 25-50 pages...it had a nice ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah McCabe | 1/22/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book as a young girl. I reread it as an adult and could see why I enjoyed it so much although it was so very different to read as an adult! One to recommend to my daughter some day soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 1/17/2014

    " My favorite book of all time. I've read this book a dozen times at different points in my life. Always wonderful and I learn something new. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 1/16/2014

    " This was a very good book. It's very simple and sweet. I loved the lesson on being number 1, or number 2, or even number 3 in the life of our loved ones. We aren't always in the number 1 spot and it's ok to be in the number 3 spot. Aunt Cordelia was endearing as was Danny Trevort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Sieber | 1/11/2014

    " I loved this book. It's one every girl needs to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 1/11/2014

    " If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita Carty | 1/5/2014

    " One of my all time favorite books. Every teenage girl should read this story about coming to age. I still love to read this and still cry "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin | 12/26/2013

    " This book was spectacular! It showed all of the emotions of a girl growing up so clearly and truthfully. I loved all of the characters and really connected to Julie (the main character). It was really good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/24/2013

    " An absolute favorite of mine from sixth grade. The story still lives with me decades later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Kilpatrick | 12/8/2013

    " Loved, loved, loved this book as a girl. Still remember the Uncle and his magnum opus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/7/2013

    " This was my favorite book as a junior high student. I can't even count how many times I read it. It's about a young girl growing up in a family fallen on hard times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 12/7/2013

    " My grandmother gave me this book when I was about twelve. I loved it. I remember how racy I thought it was when the main character got her first kiss. But exciting, too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed the descriptions and characterizations of Ms. Hunt in this story. It was a beautiful coming-of-age story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 11/3/2013

    " A sweet coming of age love story. This book reminds me of Anne of Green Gables. It takes the reader back to a kinder, simpler world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 9/4/2013

    " This was a truly amazing book! I would recommend this to any girl. It makes you feel like a Julie in the book. You are sad and cry when she is sad. When she is happy you smile and laugh. It is a book that is better then 5 stars in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Varci | 9/2/2013

    " Kept my attention the whole time. It's about being grateful for what you have when you have it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Earle | 7/10/2013

    " A sweet coming of age story. This was my favorite book in junior high. It's worth a read even if you are in your 30's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 4/10/2013

    " Julie goes to live w/her teacher, Aunt Cordelia after her mother passes away, since her father and older sister, Lauren can't take care of her. She makes great friends with Danny and as the years pass by Julie grows up, finds out who and what are important in her life. very good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Romaromiroma | 11/5/2012

    " Hands down, one of the best coming-of-age stories I've read so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ami | 9/14/2012

    " This is one of my favorite books when I was growing up. It has an excellent balance of light and dark, sad and humorous. I loved the characters, the story, the writing. I love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 8/24/2012

    " A coming of age story- a little slow but full of rich characters and a lovely story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn Severe | 7/27/2012

    " Remember this one Heather? I think you must have read it 20 times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 5/28/2012

    " This book came highly recommended but I think I came to it too late in my life. It was really charming and had a great pace, I just wish I had read it well before I was 27. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/4/2012

    " A surprise like As An ADULT ! I was in my 40s when I found and read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 2/21/2012

    " It was an excellent book for young women readers to understand how values and what seemed important at one time can change. It is good for showing how it's OK to be different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marris | 1/25/2012

    " A very good book about a girl as she transforms from a spoiled girl into a well behaved young adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 11/24/2011

    " An excellent middle school girl book. When I reread it in my thirties, it just wasn't quite as good as the first time. "

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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 Five Aprils was a runner-up for the Newbery Medal, an award which she won for her second novel, Up a 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.

About the Narrator

Jaselyn Blanchard attended New York University’s Steinhardt School in Vocal Performance (Music Theatre). While at NYU, she performed in numerous Steinhardt and NYU productions, including 110 in the Shade, Language of Angels, and On My Way: A Cabaret. She continued her education at Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium, where she recently completed her Masters in Fine Arts – Acting. While at Brown, she has appeared in numerous Brown/Trinity Rep productions and was featured as Nimue in Trinity Repertory Company’s production of Camelot.