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Across Five Aprils (英语) 平装 – 2002年1月8日

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  • 出版社: Berkley; Reprint (2002年1月8日)
  • 平装: 224页
  • 语种: 英语
  • ISBN: 0425182789
  • 条形码: 9780425182789
  • 商品尺寸: 13.3 x 1.5 x 19.5 cm
  • 商品重量: 136 g
  • ASIN: 0425182789
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“An intriguing and beautifully written book...”—The New York Times

“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

“A powerfully moving story about the Creighton family of Southern Illinois and their personal struggles in the War Between the States.”—Chicago Daily News

“This beautifully written novel offers valuable insights into the difficulties faced by families and communities caught up in the political, economic, and personal upheavals of war..”—School Journal

Awards for Irene Hunt

Across Five Aprils,was named a Newbery Honor book in 1965, received the Charles W. Follett Award in 1964, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1966. In addition, Hunt's work The Everlasting Hills received the Parents'Choice Award in 1985.


Internet School Library Media Centerhttp://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/hunt.htm

TeacherVision Lesson Planhttp://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-17165.html

Newton Community High School Pagehttp://

C*R*E*A*T*E for Mississippi Lesson Planhttp://www.create.cett.msstate.edu/create/lplans/lplan_details.asp?articleID=166


Irene Hunt is the author of many distinguished books for young people. Her first novel, Across Five Aprils, was a Newberry Honor Book and received a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. For her second novel, Up a Road Slowly, Ms. Hunt was awarded the Newberry Medal. Ms. Hunt was born in southern Illinois and has received degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado. For many years she taught in the public schools of northern Illinois, and later she taught psychology at the University of South Dakota. Ms. Hunt now lives in Florida.


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平均5.0 星 A Coming of Age Tale Set in the Civil War - A Page Turner - Provides Lots to Discuss 2012年11月18日
评论者 ChristineMM - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
版本: Kindle电子书 已确认购买
I've heard this book recommended by many homeschoolers over the years as a must read during Civil War era history studies, and had purchased it for future use. Unfortunately when it was assigned the book was packed in boxes from our move so I bought the eBook version for the assignment! This fall I read this book aloud to my 7th grader as it was a parent-child discussion assignment.

Set in southern Illinois, the story unfolds over five years, starting just before the Civil War and ending soon after the war ends. Jethro is the main character, a nine year old farmboy who is the baby in the family. Soon all his older brothers go off to war leaving his sister, he, and his parents to tend to the family farm which is a lot of work. Jethro's father falls ill and all the farmwork then falls to Jethro. Forced to grow up before his time given both the family's individual situation and the unrest in the country, this winds up being a coming of age tale. At the start of the story Jethro was a little boy and by the end he is a fourteen year old young man.

Issues with the Civil War are debated and discussed in the story by the characters. An early situation is one of Jethro's brothers sympathizes with the Southerners and leaves the family to fight with the Rebels. This causes discontent, anger and hatred in the community, since they live in The North. Later the Creighton family is the target of hate crimes punishing them for the crime of the traitor son.

Throughout the book we are informed of the happenings in the Civil War as the family hears news of various battles. Sometimes we read letters written by family members at the battlefront and other times we hear the opinions expressed in the newspapers. The opinions of the public about the Generals and President Lincoln are also shared as part of the story. I felt this showed that the issues were complicated and that even a family raised with the same values could not agree on which opinion was the right one. Later we wrestle with the issue of what should happen to soldiers who ran away from the battlefield and also what should happen to the traitors when the war was over.

A subplot is the romantic love that develops between the fourteen year old girl and the schoolteacher who winds up fighting in the war. Her father had banned their marriage before he left to fight saying she was too young to marry. The girl matured in the war years and in the end we hope to see them united in marriage and hope he makes it through the war alive. (I'll not spoil the story...)

I confess I am not a war story lover so in the parts that detailed the details of the battles my interest waned. However I was rivoted to the book and wanted to find out what happened to the Creighton family in the end. I would guess that any reader who likes battle details will be most interested in the book but honestly the story is solid and moves along quickly so even if you just want to know what happens to the individual people in the family and in the community you will enjoy the book.

Character traits and virtues are clearly present in this historical fiction story. There is a lot to talk about regarding ethics and values as well as the topic of the Civil War. The book gave me a sense for what life was like for those who were both fighing in the war and those who were left at home struggling to make ends meet with most of the men in the family gone off to war.

This is a solid, high quality historical fiction book that I think every middle school aged student should read, hopefully in conjunction with a study of The Civil War. I bet they'd learn a lot more by reading this than by reading a boring old textbook.
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平均5.0 星 Across Five Aprils 2015年2月12日
评论者 E. Ervin - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
版本: 平装 已确认购买
Classic book for young people to read. I read it years ago and purchased it for our granddaughter who read it for her literature class. It goes along quite well when studying the American Civil War also. Although it is considered a book for middle school students, I find it a good read for an adult as well. It definitely gives you another aspect of the effects of the war on our country during that time period. A thought provoking read for sure.
平均4.0 星 Read it. Listen to it. Remember, and be grateful. 2017年1月11日
评论者 Jane J. DuComb - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
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Across Five Aprils is one of the best Civil War books written for readers of any age. I have read it and listened to it many times. This recorded version is very good, but it is not great. As a listener, I have never been moved by the story as I was as a reader. Even so, I have gone back to the recorded version several times. This book introduces you to both people and history that you cannot bear to let go of.
平均5.0 星 A First Rate Account About the Civil War Home Front 2013年8月27日
评论者 Ilinois Reader - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
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Across Five Aprils is a book about the Civil War from a perspective quite unlike most books. It tells the tale of Jethro Creighton a young boy who comes of age during the Civil War.

Jethro and his family are from the "Butternut" parts of Illinois-the parts where the settlers traced their roots to pioneering families from Kentucky and Virginia (much like Lincoln's family). As a result, the family has very mixed feelings towards the Civil War-in fact they are accused of being Copperheads.

The War alters the lives Jethro and his family. Indeed, this is a first rate account of how warfare alters a society in different ways.