Number one

Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt is a thoughtful read, full of diverse characters who grow and change through challenges over time.  Primarily, you get to follow the losses and gains in the life of Julie Trelling, from age 7 to 17.

I lay there in the darkness for hour after hour with no clear-cut understanding of what my sorrow was: there was a sense of helplessness as to what was going to happen to me, a sense of bewilderment, and the aching memory of yesterday’s white faces, the whispers, and the little girl who said, “You’re not going to live here anymore, are you?”

Julie’s mother has died and the decade that follows will transform her from the Number One spot to where she belongs.  This will result, as transformation often does, through losses and pain – including deaths and changing relationships, heartbreak.

…this time my loneliness was mixed with resentment and an unreasoning jealousy.

Her growing self-awareness and some hard lessons result in significant gains.  Gains come in the form of love, wisdom, awareness, and compassion.  And good advice comes from both expected and unexpected people.

Take a look around you.

Julie learns that people are not all good or all bad. Ultimately, she recognizes the value of each person, and that the best place is not the Number One Place.


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