Across Five Aprils

The Newbery Award winning author of Up a Road Slowly presents the unforgettable story of Jethro Creighton a brave boy who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War.
Across Five Aprils The Newbery Award winning author of Up a Road Slowly presents the unforgettable story of Jethro Creighton a brave boy who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War

  • Title: Across Five Aprils
  • Author: Irene Hunt
  • ISBN: 9780425182789
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Across Five Aprils”

    1. Do they make kid's books like this sort anymore? Real and real painful. Across Five Aprils was required reading in 6th grade and it was as if the teacher's were saying "Life's a bitch, get used to it."I remember this as eloquently rendered and high-minded, gut-wrenching drama when I read it way back then. Mind you, I also thought TV's The Waltons was the height of drama, so maybe my opinion is a bit skewed on the subject.Just the same, Across Five Aprils, the story of brothers torn apart by the [...]

    2. TERRIBLE BOOK. that is all I have to say. This is about the Civil War and how the main character Jethro is coming of age. This book was so boring that I do not have anything more to say. Do not read it. If you are interested in the Civil War, maybe you should consider it because it gives you a lot of historical background information. Otherwise, it is veyr hard to keep reading this book.

    3. I wish I could find my copy of this. It's around here somewhere. I still have the edition I read in high school and I wanted to look up the copywrite date. The edition I selected here -- obviously -- isn't the one I have but I doubt there's a picture of my edition's cover anywhere on-line, it's so old. When I locate it, I'll come back and annotate the exact date.This is a classic tale about the Civil War and I've read it at least three times--maybe more. The last time was with my daughters and I [...]

    4. This book shows us in a moving and sympathetic way the effects of the American Civil War on a farming family in southern Illinois.

    5. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt manages to turn the thrilling action and gruesome turmoil of war into threadbare monotony. Despite its detailed descriptions of familial discords, the book has no central plot. The chapters are nonsensical and do not follow a recognizable storyline. For instance, in one chapter, Jethro's mother falls ill because of caffeine addiction. In the next chapter, a criminal's father rescues Jethro from an attacker on the roadside. How do all these scattered events come t [...]

    6. I am reading this with a book with a group of 6th graders, and so far they do not appreciate this excellent book. My high school English teacher always said to give classic literature a good 50 pages before giving up, and I think/hope they will be hooked by then. I last read it in junior high - I remember liking it, but as an adult I loved it. It is beautifully written, with wonderfully well developed characters. I laughed and I cried with the experiences of a very genuine family and the impact [...]

    7. First of all, anyone who gave this book a single star or complained "My lame teacher made me read this." needs to be deleted. A few months ago, I was reminiscing about the mandatory reading that was required in junior and high school and one of the few I remembered was this story. I decided to read this since I realize you don't ever appreciate things when you're in high school.This book, to me is actually a 4.5 only because of the slow start until about chapter 4. The poor grammar of Jethro and [...]

    8. I hated this book so much! I was forced to read it in school and hated it. I never even had that much intrest in civil war stories anyway. So to say I hated this book was an understatement. I would only reccomend this to you if you are absolutely obsessed with the civil way, but if you aren't dont bother reading this long and exteremely boring book!

    9. The 12yo in my house had to finish this for summer reading, and would not stop complaining about how boring it was. I'm an enormous fan of historical fiction, so I was of course incensed. How could she not love a book about growing up during the Civil War? I decreed that we'd finish it as an audio book so I could explain its many virtues and strengths to her. Turns out the book is unbelievably dull. I mean tepid bathwater on a Tuesday night dull. There's no character development. There isn't eve [...]

    10. This is a written for children through the eyes of a 10 year old boy but the author has taken true stories passed down from her Grandfather who was a 9 year boy at the beginning of the Civil War. Then she did extensive research to fill in the holes. It gave a good picture of the civil war from a Northern perspective. Even families in the North were divided. She gave a good picture of the Generals of the Northern armies and how difficult it was for Lincoln to find one that would win the war and e [...]

    11. So far, boring. :/ It's a book I have to read for school about a nine-year-old boy durring the beginning of the Civil War. But then again, maybe I'm just baised against anything I am forced to read. xD

    12. NEVER READ THIS BOOK!!!! I had to read it for school and it is like the worst book ever. It's all about the Civil war and blah blah blah. It's not even interesting and I didn't learn anything from it.

    13. I don't have any words. How can I describe a book thisAWFUL?!? I think this is one of the worst books I've read. It might even be at the top of my Most Hated Books list, or at least tied with Johnny Tremain. Not only was this book extremely boring, but it literally made me want to vomit every time I looked at the cover. Literally. And that's just the cover. I admit, I read Across Five Aprils for school (not that I would ever pick up a book like this of my own accord) and I wondered during class, [...]

    14. Since this book is about the Civil War from the perspective of a boy back home in Southern Illinois, all of the war action takes place out of the main narrative and is related by newspaper accounts and letters. Even as a teacher I kept waiting for it to get better, and unfortunately, I reached the back cover before it did.I chose this book because I needed a historical fiction title to read with seventh graders, and the school had a classroom set available. I'm afraid I didn't sell the genre wit [...]

    15. I have heard about this book before, but I've never heard much more than this was a wonderful book. I never knew what it was about, where it took place, or the topic it discussed. So, when I was at a small thrift store close to where I live I saw this there for a quarter and I had to pick it up. Once I got home and I was adding it to my I realized that it took place in Southern Illinois, and I knew I had to read it.I currently live in Southern Illinois, and I love it. It's extremely rural, and [...]

    16. An absolute piece of shit. If you can get past the writing style, which is essentially redneck-toungue, you're going to be treated to a boring, predictable tale about some kid and his family while his brothers go off to kill each other in the civil war.I was made to read this book in the seventh grade, and I remember that we, my class I mean (all from South Carolina no less) had to go through a crash course in the redneck "language" that this book was written in. It was painful to read. Like rea [...]

    17. This book was about the Civil War, a much talked about subject(book and history wise) and it drove me crazy!!!! I can't stand to read about one more battle. The plot was boring and the characters mediocre and unintresting. This is one of the most boring books I have read. I wouldn't suggest this to anyone unless you are having trouble getting to sleep or if you actually like the Civil War which if you do I don't mean to offend.

    18. I didnt much like the book, it was a very dry read. It was hard for me to really get into it when they were describe how he had to tend to the farm by himself; I would have liked more action and drama to occure. his mom having caffeen with draws waasnt enough for me to really care

    19. I did not enjoy it very much. I don't think I will be rereading this book again. The parts I liked the most were the parts with Shadrach and Jenny or Jenny and Jethro.

    20. Tragic and beautiful, this book describes the deep family divisions which the Civil War caused. War may be captivating, but it is also hell.

    21. 5 StarsI first received a copy of Across Five Aprils from my grandfather several Christmases ago. She had bought three copies at a Civil War battlefield, one for me and two for my cousins. I began reading it right away, but I found the slang too challenging at the time. It sat unread for a few years, until I picked it up a few weeks ago. And I was happily surprised.Things I Love:1) The setting. Hidalgo was the perfect place to capture the conflict between residents of once close-knit towns. It a [...]

    22. This is an extensively well researched book, the author having woven the story primarily from her grandfather's journals but also from old newspaper clippings, letters, war journals, and stories he related to her and her parents. Her grandfather was 9 years old when the Civil War began and the story 11 year old Jethro chronicles is her grandfather's story. Jethro watches a war unfold around him and feels the effects of it on his community and on his own family. Five men & boys, age 16 and ov [...]

    23. 4.5 would be a more appropriate rating. This was a great story about the Civil War and would be especially good for fifth graders studying American history. Although it never takes us to any actual battlegrounds, we still get a really good overview of some of the battles, the strategies, and the the North's command woes. Young Jethro, the main character, studies them in the newspapers and the letters home from the soldiers in his family give us the rest of the information. One thing I especially [...]

    24. This book was assigned to me for summer reading, and it honestly made the whole project much more difficult than I would have liked. It follows the boring cookie-cutter hero named Jethro, who lives on a farm during the Civil War. Of course, the only main characters who fight in the Civil War are older siblings and friends of Jethro's. We only hear about the war through letters and newspaper articles, which we only sometimes see in their entirety. In order to finish the project on time, we had to [...]

    25. I will be completely honest and say that I expected very little from this book. It's old. It's beat up (in fact I read it in part to see if it was maybe too old for my kids so I would have an excuse to take it off my library shelves). It doesn't look entertaining. I was interested in the time period the book is set in (Civil War) because of the book The Lincolns (by Candace Fleming - which was fascinating). This book was great. I loved knowing lots of the battles and general's names from The Lin [...]

    26. 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 [...]

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