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Covering the Newbery (#46): Up a Road Slowly

For a little perspective, here are some notes about 1966, when Up the Road Slowly was published:

  • The president was Lyndon Johnson
  • The Sound of Music won the Academy Award for Best Picture
  • Medicare began
  • The first Star Trek episode aired

Perspective relayed, let’s move right along to the next item on the agenda…

1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: I think this one might have more YA or adult appeal.

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Up next week: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

(Source image: “Lino Print: Map to My House” http://flic.kr/p/cCzxH)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Can I just say how crazy it is to discover that the first episode of Star Trek aired the same year that the Sound of Music won an Oscar. They seem worlds apart (ah… no pun intended).

    I just wanted to let you know that I think you’re an inspiration. I nominated you for an award at http://www.busylibrarian.com. Feel free to check it out, but don’t feel any pressure to follow through with nominating other bloggers. I just thought that I would take the time to recognize the amazing bloggers that I can’t help but share with everyone I know.


    – Matthew

  2. Since my copy of Up a Road Slowly is on the deaccession cart because the back cover is loose and the book smells bad, I thought about your redo a lot today– I’ve got to go with the original, since your very nice redo would be sort of a bait-and-switch. The cover fits the slightly tortured, languorous tone of the book. Which I loved, but which no one will read now!