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Across Five April's by Irene Hunt

Across Five April's (original 1964; edition 1980)

by Irene Hunt

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Title:Across Five April's
Authors:Irene Hunt
Info:Ace Books (1980), Mass Market Paperback
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Tags:young adult, Newbery

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Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (1964)


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Been some time since I read this, but I remember that in spite if my reluctance to read yet another book on the Civil War, I became engrossed in the story. Irene Hunt is a masterful storyteller, seamlessly weaving history into story. ( )
  MrsLee | Nov 18, 2014 |
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
This book is far deeper, far more intense, far...more...than I anticipated. Because the stories come from the author's grandfather, this story has an authenticity that makes it stick into your mind and conscious. This book will stay with me for a long time. Highly Recommend. ( )
  empress8411 | Sep 21, 2014 |
I've waited forever to read this book. I've had various copies over the years and picked it up at different times and just never could finish it. I'm glad I finally did, but I'm disappointed. It wasn't nearly as great as everyone made it out to be. Still a great book, just not my cup of tea. ( )
  teeney | Mar 14, 2014 |
The narrator is superb, the Southern Illinois accent true to the way the people I know from there speak. The story is compelling.

My DH walked in right at the end and I was sitting on the couch crying. He asked what the matter was, and I said, "They've killed the President." He knows me fairly well, so he asked which President. I allowed as to how it was Lincoln. He left me in peace for the remainder of the book.

It's a masterpiece, plain and simple. Told through letters and seen through the eyes of Jethro who is 9 when the war begins, it's got a homespun tone and a piercing insight. Highly recommended. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
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Ellen Creighton and her nine-year-old son, Jethro, were planting potatoes in the half-acre just south of their cabin that morning in mid-April, 1861; they were out in the field as soon as breakfast was over, and southern Illinois at that hour was pink with sunrise and swelling redbud and clusters of bloom over the apple orchard across the road.
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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.

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