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Across Five Aprils Mass Market Paperback – November 15, 1986
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About 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.
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Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt is a bittersweet book that reminds you that war is never tied up with a tidy bow. People die or are injured or can’t come home for various reasons. The story is told very well with the focus on how the war affected those left at home. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction or the Civil War.
Young Jethro is an amazing young man who is forced to grow up and become the bread winner but throughout his trail he becomes a thoughtful caring human.
The history of the battles is cleverly written into the fabric of the life's impacted.
Great reading and ranks along side "Where the Red Fern Grows" and "Red Badge of Courage"
Jethro and his family are from the "Butternut" parts of Illinois-the parts where the settlers traced their roots to pioneering families from Kentucky and Virginia (much like Lincoln's family). As a result, the family has very mixed feelings towards the Civil War-in fact they are accused of being Copperheads.
The War alters the lives Jethro and his family. Indeed, this is a first rate account of how warfare alters a society in different ways.