Across Five Aprilsby Irene Hunt
The heartache and agony of the Civil War as reflected in the life of a young Illinois boy.
The New York Times
"This is a beautifully written book, filled with bloodshed, hate, and tears, but also with love, loyalty, and compassion, with unforgettable characters, and with ideas and implications that have meaning for young people today."
"A powerfully moving story about the Creighton family of Southern Illinois and their personal struggles in the War Between the States. . . ."
Chicago Daily News
". . . Drawing from family records and from stories told by her grandfather, the author has, in an uncommonly fine narrative, created living characters and vividly reconstructed a crucial period of history."
"An impressive book both as a historically authenticated Civil War novel and as a beautifully written family story. . . . The realistic treatment of the intricate emotional conflicts within a border-state family is superb. The details of battles and campaigns are deftly integrated into letters and conversations, and the characters are completely convincing."
University of Chicago Center for Children's Books
- Penguin Group (USA)
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- Product dimensions:
- 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 - 13 Years
What People are saying about this
“Drawing from family records and from stories told by her grandfather, the author has, in an uncommonly fine narrative, created living characters and vividly reconstructed a crucial period of history.” Booklist
“A powerfully moving story about the Creighton family of Southern Illinois and their personal struggles in the War Between the States.” Chicago Daily News
“This beautifully written novel offers valuable insights into the difficulties faced by families and communities caught up in the political, economic, and personal upheavals of war..” School Journal
Awards for Irene Hunt
Across Five Aprils,was named a Newbery Honor book in 1965, received the Charles W. Follett Award in 1964, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1966. In addition, Hunt's work The Everlasting Hills received the Parents'Choice Award in 1985.
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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