Across five Aprils /

Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.

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Main Author: Hunt, Irene.
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Language:English
Published:New York : Berkley Jam Books, 2002, c1964.
Edition:Berkley Jam ed.
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Main Author:Hunt, Irene.
Summary:Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.

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.

In 1861, America is on the cusp of war, and young Jethro Creighton is just nine-years-old. His brother, Tom, and his cousin, Eb, are both of fighting age. As Jethro's family is pulled into the conflict between the North and the South, loyalties are divided, dreams are threatened, and their bonds are put to the test in this heart-wrenching, coming of age story.

"Drawing from family records and from stories told by her grandfather, the author has, in an uncommonly fine narrative, created living characters and vividly reconstructed a crucial period of history."-- Booklist

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General Notes:"Newberry medal honor book."
Physical Description:212 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN:0425182789
Author Notes:

Irene Hunt has established herself as one of the premier writers of children's and young adult literature. Her first book, Across Five Aprils, published in 1964, won great acclaim for its dazzling characterizations and colorful historical detail. It also won numerous awards, including an American Notable Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and the Charles W. Follett Award. She soon followed with other popular books such as Up a Road Slowly, which won a Newbery Medal, and No Promises in the Wind. Her books have received enthusiastic response due to their superior plot points and imaginative method of storytelling.

Hunt was born on May 18, 1907, in Pontiac, Ill. and attended the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Originally a teacher of French and English in the public school system, she later taught psychology at the University of South Dakota, eventually returning to the public school system. Across Five Aprils was written in response to the literary needs of her students.

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