I was especially attracted to the premise because the story centers around the home front in Southern Illinois.
Jethro Creighton, the main character, was Irene Hunt's real grandfather. He told her the stories, and she wrote them down to be Across Five Aprils. He has always been a hard worker, and he is busily tending his family's farm. Jethro has three brothers Bill, John and Tom and his cousin Eb, most of them eager to join the fight.
But Jethro must struggle with the split between them, as three join the Union Army but Bill joins the Confederacy. Later on, Jethro's good friend Shad and brother John also join the Union.
John's wife Nancy and their two young sons live with the Creightons during the war. Jethro also has a sister named Jenny. She is in love with Shad, but her father will not approve of marriage for he thinks she is too young. As the war heats up, so do the tensions among the townspeople living near Jethro.
Eventually, Jethro's father suffers from a heart attackleaving Jethro as the man in charge of the household. Thus, the narrative spotlights the hardships of the war, interlaced with its effects on Jethro's family. One day Jethro travels to town, and overhears the men talking about how traitorous his brother is.
Though Jethro is frightened by the men, he thinks nothing of it. While Jethro is riding back, however, he is warned that the men are up to no good. A man Dave Burdowwhose son Travis had been involved in Jethro's sister Mary's murder prior to the events of the story, ends up saving Jethro's life and driving the troublemakers off.
However, the trouble is far from over. After a few months, the men are at it again. Jethro is given little time to concentrate on this when he finds out that his cousin Eb is a deserter from the Union Army.
He now must face the hard decision of whether or not he should help his cousin. He begins communicating with President Lincoln and begins to look up to him as a leader during the crisis.
However, by the end of the war, just when his family is reunited safely, Jethro learns that the president has been shot. It is in these turbulent times that Jethro has grown from an innocent boy to an intelligent man.Across Five Aprils Irene Hunt.
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The book In Search of April Raintree, by Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, is about the trials and tribulations of two sisters growing up in the foster system. Hunt’s book, Across Five Aprils, relates to her childhood because this novel is nothing but a story of the war from one family.
This book hit home hard and revealed concepts of. 7th-8th LEVELED READER - CIVIL WAR UNIT. ACROSS FIVE APRILS (TE) SYNOPSIS: Across Five Aprils is a memorable story of the tragic years of the Civil War as experienced by a boy, his family, and neighbors in a backwoods community in southern Illinois.
Glog text The Creighton Family. ACROSS FIVE APRILS - by Irene Hunt. It's hard to go against my family, but I have to do what I believe in. I am NOT a traitor.
Literary Text: Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (Berkley JAM edition, ) helps save Jeth’s life by defending him from an attacker, that the town is willing to He has grown up learning to work hard on the farm and admires his older brothers and sister Jennie tremendously.
He loves to learn and think. The young soldier glanced up at the white faces watching him, and there was still in his eyes the look of wonder that life could have changed so suddenly and ruthlessly.