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I ASK YOU LEAV MY NAME SOME WHERE ON IT!! USE THS
CAUS I LOOK ALL OVEAND FUND IT NO WHERE SO I HAD
TO DO IT!! Across Five April’s by Irene Hunt is
about how the civil war tears apart a family
during the hard times of the civil war. The book
Follows the life of Jethro Creighton, a young farm
boy in rural Illinois as he grows from a protected
and provided for nine year old, to a educated and
responsible young adult during the chaos of the
civil war. In the beginning of the book Jethro has
a romanced and incorrect idea of what war is like.
Jethro knows little about war except that of what
he has heard from old war heroes tales. His
brothers get packed away one by one to different
sides of the war. Not until then does he realize
through conversation at home and haunting letters
from his brothers on the battle field, the true
horror and fatality of war. One brother (whom is
only really an orphaned cousin) is a deserter.
Jethro writes to Abraham Lincoln in a effort to
keep his brother and family out of trouble with
the law.

Another one of Jethro’s brothers joins
the confederacy which goes against all opinions
and beliefs formed by the Creighton family and
surrounding community. At first the Creightons
disagree but they come to a decision and decide to
respect and accept his choice of beliefs . This
causes turmoil and upset with surrounding
neighbors and they become destructive and rude.
Attempts to ruin the life of the Creighton family
are made because of their decision. Meanwhile his
sister Jenny wishes to marry Shadrach Yale before
he leaves for war. Even though he is a very close
friend of the family, her father declines their
request because he feels she is too young and
won’t allow her to marry Shadrach or anyone. He
and Jenny continue to plan a wedding and he writes
Jenny from his station on the battle field and
further tension grows between the family and
Shadrach’s intentions of marrying.

Through all the
confusion and fighting Jethro somehow manages to
form his own ideas and opinions that create the
new and more mature adult in him. His ideas and
thoughts are more complete and he is no longer the
childish nine year old who was excited for war to
start. This is all relevant to the fact that the
war had caused he and his family a great deal of
pain and distress. I recommend this book to fans
of historical fiction. The first forty pages are
of on a slow start but anyone who can read past
that will highly appreciate doing so. The author
Irene Hunt provides you with a descriptive,
endearing and accurate perspective of life during
these tough times in American History.
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