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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.