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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. Paperbackpages. Published January 8th by Berkley first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Across Five Aprilsplease sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Is it a good book to read? Aidan No don’t read it unless you have to or like the civil war but even then don’t read it.
The slang is very hard to comprehend omg? I’m a country kid so I can easily interpret it all ; Any certain slang you can’t comprehend? See all 4 questions about Across Five Aprils….
Lists with This Book. Aug 22, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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 Aprilsthe story of brothers torn apart by the Do they make kid’s books like this sort anymore?
Just the same, Across Five Aprilsthe story of brothers torn apart by the America Civil War, did win the Newbery, so it must’ve been doing something right.
Across Five Aprils Book Review
The story is told from the perspective of the youngest son watching his older brothers go off to war. Like the town they live in, hknt are pro-Union, but one of them sides with the Confederacy, and so he and the family suffer. It’s a large family with daughters embroiled in their own private war of romance and love held in check.
I recall the ending feeling a bit slapped on for happiness sake and that a happy ending that made sense in the context of the story to that point would’ve felt more natural, if a happy ending must happen that is.
Perhaps Hunt or her publisher felt like they’d beaten up the psyche aprlls us kids enough to that point. View all 11 comments. Jun huunt, Monica rated it did not like it. 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. View all 12 comments. Jun 09, booklady rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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 apriks — obviously — isn’t the acrosd I have but I doubt there’s a picture of my edition’s cover anywhere on-line, it’s so hnut. 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 I wish I could find aptils copy of this. The last time was with my daughters and I enjoyed it more than ever! Oct 04, Angela R. This is the only apils I have read that captures the reality of the Civil War in a gripping, astounding story. This story does not choose a political side and push propaganda, like so fjve other stories and history textbooks do.
Across Five Aprils shows the truth: From a historical, realistic viewpoint, this book was spot on and never had info dumps. It flowed well and showed many events in a clear light. The setting was also v This is the only book I have read that captures the reality of the Civil War in a gripping, astounding story.
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The setting was also vivid. The characters were all very well done and memorable.
Each character added something to the story. View all 4 comments. Jan 23, Rosemarie rated it really liked it Shelves: This book shows us in a moving and sympathetic way the effects of the American Civil War on a farming family in southern Illinois. Feb 05, Sybil rated it did not like it. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt manages to turn the thrilling action and gruesome turmoil of aceoss into threadbare monotony. Uunt its detailed descriptions of familial discords, the book has no central plot.
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The chapters are nonsensical and do not follow irebe 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 Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt manages to turn the thrilling action and gruesome aprls of war into threadbare monotony. How do all these scattered events come together?
What effect do they have on the overall atmosphere of war? In the book, the topic of war, which is supposedly the main idea, is only mentioned briefly and vaguely. In addition, the characters are flat and undeveloped. Jenny appears repeatedly as a lovesick and educated girl, and Jethro as a farm boy who matures, but neither of these characters have a profound effect on the progress of the story. All in all, Across Five Aprils is a tedious read due to its colorless storyline and characters.
I would definitely not recommend this book, and if you’re one of the less fortunate students forced to read it for school, let SparkNotes be your savior. Mar 16, Chris rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Recommended to Chris by: Oct 16, Sara rated it did not like it. The 12yo in my house had to caross 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 The 12yo in my house had to finish this for summer reading, and would not stop complaining about how boring it was. There isn’t even iree lot of dialogue, and what’s there is stilted and awkward. There’s no scaffolding that helps explain the issues behind the civil war. The plot follows an adolescent igene 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. Mar 27, Cathy rated it really liked it Shelves: I am reading this with a book with a group of 6th graders, and so far they do not appreciate this excellent book.
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.