Plot summary of Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
Take one drama, add a heap of family conflict, and mix vigorously with an abundance of death and tension in the community. Bake for 4-5 years and there you have it: Irene Hunt's Across Five Aprils. This book has been making the rounds at library Circulation Desks since 1965, which is also when it picked up the only . In other words, it's got some serious staying power.
Study Guide for Across Five Aprils Summary by Irene …
Stories told by her grandfather actually inspired Hunt to write Across Five Aprils, which is explicitly anti-war. Hunt has enthusiastic characters turn disillusioned (Tom and Eb) and an enamored soldier go from writing love letters to writing "I'm probably going to die" letters (Shad). In short, Hunt makes sure that absolutely nothing positive comes from the war. Not in 1861 and not to readers from 1965 onward.
Why does it matter that she wrote it in 1965? Oh, just because of a little ol' thing called the . 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). Hunt's message for her contemporaries is undeniable thanks to Across Five Aprils: war isn't worth it.
Detailed Review Summary of Across Five Aprils by Irene …
Gr 4-8-Irene Hunt's Civil War novel (Berkley Pub., 1986) takes listeners from the first shots fired at Fort Sumter to Lincoln's assassination as seen through the eyes of a Southern Illinois farm boy. Jethro Creighton is nine when his close knit family learns that hostilities have broken out. As numerous male relatives go off to fight for the North and the South, and after his father falls ill, young Jethro takes responsibility for the family farm. With help from an older sister and neighboring farmers, he copes with attacks from local vigilantes, and he makes mature choices about a cousin who has deserted the army. Hunt artfully transforms her grandfather's childhood experiences into a powerful story of family love and the challenges of war. He also weaves a great deal of historical information into this Newbery Honor Book, and adds a generous measure of old-fashioned country wisdom as well. Terry Bregy provides a reliable, low key narration of the descriptive text. Cassettes and case are sturdy and well marked, with simple, but effective cover art. Recorded Books' audiobook of Across Five Aprils (March 2002, p. 85) is narrated by Tom Stechschulte whose voice has a stronger regional sound and provides more distinctive voices. Audio Bookshelf's version, also available in CD format, is strengthened by placing a valuable author's note at the beginning of the story. Either recording of Across Five Aprils will be a valuable addition to libraries where nonprint material on the Civil War is needed.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library. Rocky Hill, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.