ACROSS FIVE APRILS BOOK
Across Five Aprils is a novel by Irene Hunt, published in and winner of the Newbery Hunt published her first book, Across Five Aprils, at age Start by marking “Across Five Aprils” as Want to Read: 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. See all 4 questions about 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.
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'Across Five Aprils' is a coming of age novel written by Irene Hunt that takes place during the Civil War years. This lesson will provide an overview of the book as. Across Five Aprils is a Newbury Honor-winning novel by Irene Hunt that was first Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Across Five Aprils. Milton and Jethro begin a friendship that lasts throughout the book. On the way home.
And get this—Lincoln writes back. But what's even more exciting is that the President says he's gonna give all war deserters a Get Out Of Jail Free card so they won't get in trouble when they return to the army. Dare we say things are starting to look up? Maybe not so much, as battles keep slipping away from the Union armies. One battle that the North does manage to win is Gettysburg.
But once again Jethro's family receives bad news, this time that Shad was hurt pretty badly. And just like that, Jenny is up and out of the house to see Shad and bring him back from the brink of death by the power of her undying love and affection. Apparently love is the best medicine, since Shad doesn't die phew and the two get hitched.
Big happenings go down in November of Lincoln gets re-elected to the presidency, while the Creightons receive a letter from John after some fighting in Tennessee. But this isn't just any old eye-witness-from-the-battlefield-and-it-stinks kind of letter. John writes how he bumped into a Confederate prisoner of war… and it was Bill. They have a touching bromance moment and John makes a point to tell Ellen that Bill wasn't at the battle that killed Tom.
Finally in —April to be exact—a peace treaty is signed and the entire country joins in a collective sigh of relief. But hold your horses, because days later someone assassinates President Lincoln. Jethro is majorly upset that his favorite pen-pal was killed, but some comfort comes when Shad and Jenny return home and surprise Jeth with the news that he's going to be on the receiving end of a proper education.
All rights reserved. It won't bring Tom, Bill, or Lincoln back, but it's something to look forward to. Cite This Page. Logging out…. Logging out There's no scaffolding that helps explain the issues behind the civil war. The plot follows an adolescent character who has virtually no interaction with adolescent peers, making it especially dull to the average tween reader. And by the end of the book it lapses into simply recounting the outcome of a series of Civil War battles that the main character reads about in newspapers.
Which, hey, is a lot like reading about them in history books. So much for bringing history alive. In sum, I am incredulous that this is so commonly assigned in schools. The world is teeming with engaging, well-written historical fiction for teens. This is not it.
View 2 comments. Nov 15, Tamhack rated it liked it. 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 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.
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 end it. Sometimes it was difficult to understand the conversations because she was true to the characters and wrote exactly as they spoke.
Some quotes from the book: Or does slavery throw a shader over greed and keep that greed from shown' up quite so bare and ugly? There is an awakening' inside us of human decency and responsibility. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't grieve fer the children I've buried; I wouldn't look forward to the manhood of this youngest one. Jun 18, Abi rated it did not like it. 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! Feb 02, Andrew Winkel rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 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. I'm afraid I didn't sell the genre with this book.
From its ho-hum beginning in the potato field to it's forgettable conclusion I think there was a field or planting involved, though I'm not willing to burn the calories to find a copy to find out , this book did not engage me or my students. I'm sorry that I can't report being impressed with the Newbery Selection Committee's selection.
I can only conclude that must have been a bad year in general for juvenile fiction. Sep 05, Kris rated it it was ok Shelves: Too much exposition and description. The author uses her characters only as vehicles for dolling out historical information.
So it all falls flat. Between the exposition, the unrealistic dialogue, a severe lack of subtlety, and the special coincidences, I became quickly disconnected from the story — rolled my eyes at several spots.
Newbery honor book View all 5 comments. Oct 11, Emily D rated it did not like it. So far, boring.
But then again, maybe I'm just baised against anything I am forced to read. Jan 25, Donna rated it did not like it Shelves: 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.
Jul 02, Joleen rated it did not like it. Middle-Schoolers, Civil War Buffs. 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: Hidalgo was the perfect place to capture the conflict between residents of once close-knit towns. It also revealed the stark contrasts of different areas of Indiana. Western North Carolina, where I live, was also a place of conflict during the Civil War, so this appealed to me.
My book, Letters from Home: A Civil War Story , focuses on much of this strife.
Bill was a character anyone could relate to. The man that does what he feels he needs to do, and is criticized for it. The man whose father is disparaged by his neighbors for his son's "wrong" actions. Men had seen him stop his team in midfield to watch the flight of a line of birds, and a story went the rounds of Bill talking to his horse as if it were a person.
It was not a behavior pattern of which the backwoods community approved; a lot of people smirked a little when they mentioned Bill Creighton. Jethro loved Bill far and away beyond his other brothers; his mother understood why.
I think that the beginnin's of this war has been fanned by hate till it's a blaze now; and a blaze kin destroy him that makes it and him that the fire was set to hurt. There oughtn't to be a war, Jeth; this war ought never to ha' bin.
The old slavers of other days and the fact'ry owners of today that need high tariffs to help 'em git rich, and the cotton growers that need slave labor to help 'em git rich and the new territories and the wild talk-" He broke off suddenly and walked over the window where a branch of poplar tree seemed to be trying to peer inside the small, cramped room.
We fit like two madmen, I guess. Me and my brother John. He stared at the cut above Bill's right eye, from which blood still trickled down his cheek The day is comin' when I've got to fight, and I won't fight fer arrogance and big money against the southern farmer.
I won't do it. You tell Pa that. Tell him, too, that I'm takin' my brown mare--she's mine, and I hev the right. Still, it will leave him short, so you tell him that I'm leavin' money I made at the sawmill and at cornshuckin'; it's inside the cover of his Bible.
You tell him to take it and buy another horse.
Don't do it," he begged. I don't think I kin stand it. There's goin' to be a lot of things in the years ahead that you'll have to stand.
Across Five Aprils
There'll be thing that tear you apart, but you'll have to stand 'em. You can't count on cryin' to make 'em right. My heart ain't in this war; I've told you that. And while I say that the right ain't all on the side of the North, I know jest as well that it ain't all on the side of the South either.
But if I hev to fight, I reckon it will be fer the South. Nothing at all. I'm really glad I chose to read this book. Across Five Aprils has earned itself a place in my favorite books. I don't have any words. How can I describe a book this I think this is one of the worst books I've read. Not only was this book extremely boring, but it literally made me want to vomit every time I looked at the cover. 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 c I don't have any words. 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, why on earth we would read a book like this? I didn't learn anything from it, my friends certainly didn't learn anything from it, and I bet my teacher didn't even learn ONE valuable lesson.
I know, I know, the book talks about loyalty to family and working hard and so on, but let's be honest. Have we not heard of all these things from other books? Have we not had lectures of this from our family? So, with all life lessons put aside, is there anything valuable we can get out if this book? The only other reason to read it is because of the entertainment aspect, and that is practically nonexistent. Maybe some enjoy the love story. Personally, I don't.
A fourteen year old girl in love with a twenty-something year old man? Talk about pedophilia. Maybe others enjoy the excitement of war. What excitement?
Jethrow never goes to battle. We only hear about the fighting from letters.
I don't know. Maybe some people enjoyed it. Why did someone choose to make this a required reading book?
Is the person in charge of deciding what to read for school a crotchety old hag? I think so! Talk about out of date. I'm not saying we should read books like the Hunger Games for school.
So far, the only school book I've liked is the Giver. 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.
I currently live in Southern Illinois, and I love it.
It's extremely ru I have heard about this book before, but I've never heard much more than this was a wonderful book. It's extremely rural, and many people would call people who lived here "hicks" comparable to Arkansas, Kentucky, or West Virginia, however, I've come to call this place home and I love the way Irene Hunt portrays it. Southern Illinois isn't the richest, nor the most educated, but it is full of great, strong people and this book illustrates that well. Overall a wonderful, engaging, yet simple read, marketed towards young adults, but worthwhile for anyone.
Jul 31, Anne Lawson rated it really liked it. I'm re-reading the novels I enjoyed as a child, and this is one of the best. A great perspective on the Civil War, bringing up all the historical facts as well as emotional family issues surrounding the War.
There is much to be enjoyed even if you are not a Civil War buff.
The family is close-knit and must deal with the effects of having two sons fighting on different sides. The community is close and rallies together. Unlike many novels, in this one people ponder issues of character and almost I'm re-reading the novels I enjoyed as a child, and this is one of the best.
Unlike many novels, in this one people ponder issues of character and almost always end up calmly doing the right thing. They value education that comes from books, letters, newspapers and maps.
They wonder about what President Lincoln is doing but they respect him, write to him and consider him a friend. There is much to be learned from the Creightons I don't understand the negative reviews. Dec 13, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: This is one of the best novels I have read for the time period. I liked how it is told from young Jethro's perspective. So you get an innocent view of a 9 year old boy, on the verge of manhood of the times. It is also more family-centric.
More on how it affects him, his sister, brothers, cousin, etc. There is tragedy, loss family divides as each must decide whom they support. We get a lot of the facts of the war as well but it is more on how it might have felt for the families waiting back home.
Very impacting read! I really liked him and Jenny.
I wish I could have gotten a better feel of some of his brothers though. Nov 14, Sean Campbell rated it did not like it. 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 An absolute piece of shit. Like reading Shakespeare in Klingon. Check that, like reading Twilight in Klingon. Feb 13, Brianna rated it did not like it.
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.
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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. 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.
Jan 25, Jane Gansey rated it it was ok. I did not enjoy it very much. I don't think I will be rereading this book again.Most wars are polarizing, but Vietnam is one in recent history that was especially complicated thanks in part to a military draft and countless protests and riots.
Finally in —April to be exact—a peace treaty is signed and the entire country joins in a collective sigh of relief. Welcome back.
The first chapter begins by presenting Ellen Creighton with her son, Jethro, planting potatoes. Wilse and Matt begin to argue until Ellen point out that now it is not the time.