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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Irene Hunt  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: May 8, 1907 in Pontiac, Illinois

Died: May 8, 2001 in Savoy, Illinois

-- Irene Hunt on WorldCat --

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Claws of a young century :
ISBN: 0684165252. OCLC Number:

Scribner's,. New York :. ©1980.

Seventeen-year-old Ellen's optimistic dream of a bright new century full of hope on New Year's Eve 1899 seems a far cry from the reality of the next 20 years as she and all those close to her fight private and social battles that leave none of their lives unchanged.

William /
ISBN: 0441889816. OCLC Number:

Tempo Books,. New York :. ©1977

Three orphaned black children get together with a teenage white girl to form a new and loving family group.

The everlasting hills /
ISBN: 0684183404. OCLC Number:

Scribner,. New York :. ©1985.

When a bitter mountain man cannot accept his twelve-year-old son's mental retardation, the boy wanders into the wilderness and finds in a stranger the father he has never had.

Across five Aprils /
ISBN: 0425182789. OCLC Number:

Berkley Jam Books,. New York :. 2002, ©1964.

Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.

Up a road slowly /
ISBN: 0425202054. OCLC Number:

Berkley Books,. New York :. 1986, ©1966.

Describes the experiences of a seventeen-year-old in a rural area and how she copes with death and birth, love and hate and self discovery.

No promises in the wind /
ISBN: 0425182800. OCLC Number:

Berkley Jam Books,. Chicago :. 2002, ©1970.

A fifteen-year-old boy struggles to survive and come to terms with inner conflicts in the desperate world of the Depression.

The Lottery rose /
ISBN: 0425182797. OCLC Number:

Berkley Jam Books,. New York :. 2002, ©1976.

A young victim of child abuse gradually overcomes his fears and suspicions when placed in a home with other boys.


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