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Southern Illinois is a place of mixed emotions as the American Civil War erupts. For the Creightons, the war lures two sons to the Union army and one to the Confederacy, leaving 10-year-old Jethro to care for the family farm. As the war rages, Jethro does whatever he can to learn about the fates of his brothers, while the Creighton family faces its own danger. Some townspeople can’t forgive the Creightons for having a rebel son-and they’re willing to use violence to make their feelings known. In a state torn by conflicting loyalties, Jethro is forced to grow up quickly to preserve his family and their home.

Across Five Aprils is a powerful classic from Newbery Medal-winning author Irene Hunt. Tom Stechschulte’s homespun narration brings out the spirit and courage of a boy who shoulders a tremendous load - and becomes a young man in the process.

©1964 Irene Hunt (P)2001 Recorded Books

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  • Joseph M Shipley
  • 02-12-2019

fantastic story!

Such a great book and very well read. I can see why everyone used to read this. They still should.

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  • Ladybug Holt
  • 26-06-2020

Loved reading this book/ NOT listening

When I was a child, and later as a reading teacher, I really enjoyed this book—the character, plot, and message. You can imagine my disappointment when, after paying for it on Audible, I encountered a vapid performance that made the book I had so much admired almost completely recognizable. Very disappointing.

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  • 13-03-2020

Excellent read loud

We really enjoyed this book. The deaths were particularly impactful to our 13 and 10 year old sons.

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