Irene Hunt’s moving novels teach us how to grow up well.
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veryone struggles with time. Some are constantly tardy, and others never have enough of the stuff. It is constant and unstoppable. Writers are no stranger to this time battle, and fight against everything from deadlines to deceased sources. Even within their works, time can be their enemy, as a story’s success rises or falls on proper framing and focus. Newbery-winning author Irene Hunt understood time and used it to her advantage. In her children’s books Across Five Aprils and Up a Road Slowly, time and its passage are used in impactful ways, allowing readers to grow alongside the protagonists in …