Irene Hunt

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General Information

Name: Irene Hunt

Pen Name: None

Born: May 8, 1907 in Pontiac, Illinois

Died: May 8, 2001 in Savoy, Illinois

Illinois Connection

Irene Hunt was born in Pontiac, Illinois and then moved to Newton, Illinois with her family before she was one year of age. She taught in the public schools in Oak Park and Cicero.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hunt taught in the public schools in Oak Park and Cicero and at the University of South Dakota for a total of 39 years. Her graduate work in psychology has helped make her characters unusually real. Her first novel, Across Five Aprils, was published when she was 57. She based her story on the life of her grandfather and set it on the family farm where she grew up. All of Hunt's books are carefully researched and she was won several awards including the Newberry Medal.

Published Works

  • Trail of Apple Blossoms, 1968
  • Claws of a Young Century: A Novel, Encore Editions, 1983
  • William, 1984
  • The Everlasting Hills, 1985
  • Across Five Aprils, Berkley, 1986
  • Up a Road Slowly, Scholastic Trade, 1988
  • No Promises in the Wind, Berkley, 2002
  • The Lottery Rose, Berkley, 2002

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Claws of a Young Century: A Novel

ISBN: 0684165252
Release Date: 1983-03

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ISBN: 0441889816
Release Date: 1984-01

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ISBN: 0684183404
Release Date: 1985-07-01

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Up a Road Slowly

ISBN: 0425202054
Release Date: 2005-01-04

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No Promises in the Wind (DIGEST)

ISBN: 0425182800
Release Date: 2002-01-08

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The Lottery Rose

ISBN: 0425182797
Release Date: 2002-01-08

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Literary Awards

Charles W. Follett Award in 1964

Newbery Honor book for Across Five Aprils in 1965

Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1966

Newbery Medal for Up a Road Slowly in 1967

Parents' Choice Award for The Everlasting Hills in 1985

External Links

Irene Hunt on WorldCat

Irene Hunt on Amazon


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