Across Five Aprils

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The unforgettable story of young Jethro Creighton, who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War, by the Newbery Award-winning author of Up a Road Slowly. "An impressive book both as a historically authentic Civil War novel and as a beautifully written family story."--University of Chicago Center for Children's Books.

Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in ...

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Overview

The unforgettable story of young Jethro Creighton, who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War, by the Newbery Award-winning author of Up a Road Slowly. "An impressive book both as a historically authentic Civil War novel and as a beautifully written family story."--University of Chicago Center for Children's Books.

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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Publishers Weekly
Narrator Terry Bregy adopts an appropriately boyish tone for his reading of Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt, a Newbery Honor Book in 1965. Bregy compels readers to hear young Jethro Creighton's account of how the horrifying events of the Civil War changed life on his family's Illinois farm, even so many miles from the front lines. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Irene Hunt's Civil War novel (Berkley Pub., 1986) takes listeners from the first shots fired at Fort Sumter to Lincoln's assassination as seen through the eyes of a Southern Illinois farm boy. Jethro Creighton is nine when his close knit family learns that hostilities have broken out. As numerous male relatives go off to fight for the North and the South, and after his father falls ill, young Jethro takes responsibility for the family farm. With help from an older sister and neighboring farmers, he copes with attacks from local vigilantes, and he makes mature choices about a cousin who has deserted the army. Hunt artfully transforms her grandfather's childhood experiences into a powerful story of family love and the challenges of war. He also weaves a great deal of historical information into this Newbery Honor Book, and adds a generous measure of old-fashioned country wisdom as well. Terry Bregy provides a reliable, low key narration of the descriptive text. Cassettes and case are sturdy and well marked, with simple, but effective cover art. Recorded Books' audiobook of Across Five Aprils (March 2002, p. 85) is narrated by Tom Stechschulte whose voice has a stronger regional sound and provides more distinctive voices. Audio Bookshelf's version, also available in CD format, is strengthened by placing a valuable author's note at the beginning of the story. Either recording of Across Five Aprils will be a valuable addition to libraries where nonprint material on the Civil War is needed.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library. Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441003167
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1983

Meet the Author


Irene Hunt is the author of many distinguished books for young people. Her first novel, Across Five Aprils, was a Newberry Honor Book and received a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. For her second novel, Up a Road Slowly, Ms. Hunt was awarded the Newberry Medal. Ms. Hunt was born in southern Illinois and has received degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado. For many years she taught in the public schools of northern Illinois, and later she taught psychology at the University of South Dakota. Ms. Hunt now lives in Florida.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    It was good!

    It's a really goid written book; I really don't know what you all are talking about. It is very boring for people not interested in the Civil War life. Or history itself. Keep in mind the tine it was written; WAY before we all were even born. Give it a chance! *Suited more for history freaks*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    It was okay. It was a little boring at the beginning.

    My book was about a time period in the Civil War. The author's purpose I think was to entertain. The beginning of the book was a little boring but some parts were worth reading. The main character had it rough because he had to work on a plantation farm.The main character's name is Jethro. He works on a plantation during the Civil War and he wants to help anyone that needs it.This book involves a young man that feels like that he should help everyone. The boy's name is Jethro. He is growing up on a plantation farm and he has to take care of it.I enjoyed reading this book but it was a little boring at the beginning. The book was getting better as it went on.I would only recommend to the mature readers. I don't think people of the younger mind could interpret the language and the descriptions. It is a great book to describe courage.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Across Five Aprils

    I think this book was very realistic in some ways. It showed how familys were ripped apart by the Civil War. It also showed how hard it is to get up early in the morning and work in crop fields to servive. In this book, the main character trys his hardest to help others. He has a huge responsibility. After his dad has a haert attack, he has to plow the fields allby himself. This book is really apropreate for school if you neefd to read. I would recommend this book to history lovers and to people who speak with a dealict. This book is very historical and learningful. I hope some more people will get a chance to read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Amazing!!

    Across Five Aprils is an amazing book. I think it gives great detail about the CW and how the Creightons had to deal with the trouble from the people of Newton. I think it uses the dialect very well. Most people in my reading class think this book is really boring but when I get to the class, I get all excited to read the book. If you dont like CW books, dont read this novel. Jethro Creighton is the youngest boy and has to start working in te fields at ten years old! Such an amazing story! Thanks to my reading teacher, Mrs. Wenegar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Hi

    I just started reading this for homeschool, oh God...this book gets me so sleepy. Im sure it is very educational, but...the pace couldnt be any slower. The back of my book says, "this is a beautifully written book..." im sorry? What was the Chicago Tribune thinking when they wrote that?
    I guess the key is, try to read more then on chapters at a time. Then you'll be done with it sooner. Im only on chapter 2. Dreading chapter's 3-12...;(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Boring yet alluring

    :/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    it was realy boring but it was educationall.

    it was realy boring but it was educationall.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Eh

    I was forced to read this book for my 8th grade reading class. Throughout the book i had no idea what was going on. This even occured when i would force myself to read every word in the chapter. I was very dissapointed that we were never told what limb Shad lost to gangreen and felt robbed of a potential great romance between the sister and the teacher turned soldier. Honestly this book is the reason so many people are failing reading class. I would recommend this book to anyone that has trouble falling asleep at night, because this book would easily knock anyone out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Crystalqueen

    Puts the herbs away

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Lillyflower

    Yawns

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Silverstream

    I think we/you should give her half a poppy seed for pain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Anonymus

    This book stunk. I too had to read it for school and hated it. It was SO boring. I want to rip it up and tear it to peices!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Rosekit

    "Thanks..." R

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Herbleopard

    She nodded

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Ali's Book Reviews

    I have to read this book for PASS class. The chapters are too long and the print is VERY small. The first chapter is 20 pages! I am on page 22 and i already want to shoot myself. It is so confusing! To me, it is just some random words put into random sentences in a random order. It is soooo boring! Nothing has really happened yet! Nothing is really going on! This book is a piece of s***!!!!!! I only recomend this book to someone who wants to kill themself, but doesn't have a motive.

    DON'T READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Med den

    Med den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Me

    Absulutily horrible

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Full o history!

    I read this book in sixth grade. It is beautifully written, and no one could do beter. To anyone who thinks it is lame, you should realize that was what it was like, just waiting for news.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Lame

    I read this book for school this year.It was SSOO slow and very boring.Don't get me wrong,i love history,its just this book took a long time to get going and was too slow.Remember,this is just my opinion!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Great

    Easy to learn rabbit too!

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