Across Five Aprils

Across Five Aprils✭ [PDF] ✪ Across Five Aprils By Irene Hunt ✺ – The unforgettable story of young Jethro Creighton who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War by the Newbery Award winning author of Up a Road Slowly An impressive book both as a hist The unforgettable story of young Jethro Creighton who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War by the Newbery Award winning author of Up a Road Slowly An impressive book both as a historically authentic Civil War novel and as a beautifully written family story University of Chicago Center for Children's books. Do they make kid's books like this sort any? Real and real painful Across Five Aprils was reuired reading in 6th grade and it was as if the teacher's were saying Life's a bitch get used to itI remember this as elouently 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 subjectJust the same Across Five Aprils the story of brothers torn apart by the America Civil War did win the Newbery so it must've been doing something right 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 most 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 checkI 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 natural if a happy ending must happen that is Perhaps Hunt or her publisher felt like they'd beaten up the psyche of us kids enough to that point 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 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 So first and foremost what had made Irene Hunt's 1964 Across Five Aprils and which won a Newbery Honour designation in 1965 so readable and so relatable so wonderful for and to me as a personal reading experience is the author's is Irene Hunt's accurate and historical sense of time and place is her narrational realism and which is achieved not only by her detailed and factually based descriptions of events occurring or having occurred but also because to add colour and life to add a sense of immediacy Irene Hunt also has her characters speaking vernacular talking non standard parlance conversing amongst themselves not in standard written English but in the manner of how the common people would be chatting and that yes indeed and to and for me this has truly made Across Five Aprils shine much brightly than if the author than if Irene Hunt had penned not only her third person narrative descriptions but also her presented personal conversations in standard written English But of course for any good novel for a decent story there needs to be a successful combination of both writing style and writing contentthemes offered And yes with Across Five Aprils I also totally do much appreciate that Irene Hunt approaches some very problematic and difficult uestions that usually and realistically do tend to arise in wartime and especially so in internal in civil wars since especially in the latter type of conflicts there are not only divisions within one's country and one's communities but often also within families both immediate and extended Therefore and with this in mind I as a critical and adult reader but indeed I also would have appreciated this as a child have absolutely delighted in the fact that in Across Five Aprils Irene Hunt depicts and presents the US Civil War not ever in my opinion as something even remotely heroic and necessary but as a mostly and utterly tragic useless and even dangerously ridiculous conflict as a war that in fact ended up killing Americans than ANY OTHER war to date And yes indeed to and for me as an ardent pacifist the decidedly but uietly shown strong anti war message encountered by readers in Across Five Aprils is therefore totally and utterly to be cheered and to be lauded albeit that I also realise from reading other online reviews that some also do seem to consider Across Five Aprils to be boring and tedious and to eually be much too intent on supposedly showcasing Irene Hunt's own sentiments against war but since I am of her mindset and of her opinion with regard to this I for one and of course totally find Irene Hunt's narrative delightful and absolutely have enjoyed how critical Across Five Aprils is both towards the US Civil War and towards the main movers and shakers of that war both in the North and in the South 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 dateThis is a classic tale about the Civil War and I've read it at least three times maybe The last time was with my daughters and I enjoyed it than ever Started 29 November 2000 This is the only book 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 many other stories and history textbooks do Across Five Aprils shows the truth that there was much to the American Civil War than just slavery 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 vividThe characters were all very well done and memorable Each character added something to the story view spoiler I WILL NEVER BE OVER BILL Y'ALL hide spoiler This book shows us in a moving and sympathetic way the effects of the American Civil War on a farming family in southern Illinois 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 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 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 thinkhope 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 of the Civil War in their lives I've been to many Civil War battlefields and I've seen the movie Gettysburg several times it's 4 hours long so that is saying something so I am familiar with the names of many of the generals and battles in the book It covers the length of the war so there are a lot of generals and battles to have to keep track of which will probably bog down story for the kids I am reading it with Overall though it is an outstanding piece of children's literature and definitely worth reading 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 reuired 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 schoolThis book to me is actually a 45 only because of the slow start until about chapter 4 The poor grammar of Jethro and his family written can be hard to read at times also but you get used to it I did find the characters feelings very real It painted a very real image of the times and how hard it was to even survive I felt that I was living on a farm in southern Illinois during the Civil WarThe historical writing is fantastic and the story represented the civil war fiction very well Anyone with interest in how the civil war had affected everyday people who gave up their family to fight such horrific battles for our country will enjoy i wish irene hunt's death could have been at least as agonizing as reading this