I ASK YOU LEAV MY NAME SOME WHERE ON IT!! USE THSCAUS I LOOK ALL OVEAND FUND IT NO WHERE SO I HADTO DO IT!! Across Five April’s by Irene Hunt isabout how the civil war tears apart a familyduring the hard times of the civil war. The bookFollows the life of Jethro Creighton, a young farmboy in rural Illinois as he grows from a protectedand provided for nine year old, to a educated andresponsible young adult during the chaos of thecivil war. In the beginning of the book Jethro hasa romanced and incorrect idea of what war is like.
Jethro knows little about war except that of whathe has heard from old war heroes tales. Hisbrothers get packed away one by one to differentsides of the war. Not until then does he realizethrough conversation at home and haunting lettersfrom his brothers on the battle field, the truehorror and fatality of war. One brother (whom isonly really an orphaned cousin) is a deserter.Jethro writes to Abraham Lincoln in a effort tokeep his brother and family out of trouble withthe law.Another one of Jethro’s brothers joinsthe confederacy which goes against all opinionsand beliefs formed by the Creighton family andsurrounding community. At first the Creightonsdisagree but they come to a decision and decide torespect and accept his choice of beliefs .
Thiscauses turmoil and upset with surroundingneighbors and they become destructive and rude.Attempts to ruin the life of the Creighton familyare made because of their decision. Meanwhile hissister Jenny wishes to marry Shadrach Yale beforehe leaves for war. Even though he is a very closefriend of the family, her father declines theirrequest because he feels she is too young andwon’t allow her to marry Shadrach or anyone. Heand Jenny continue to plan a wedding and he writesJenny from his station on the battle field andfurther tension grows between the family andShadrach’s intentions of marrying.Through all theconfusion and fighting Jethro somehow manages toform his own ideas and opinions that create thenew and more mature adult in him. His ideas andthoughts are more complete and he is no longer thechildish nine year old who was excited for war tostart.
This is all relevant to the fact that thewar had caused he and his family a great deal ofpain and distress. I recommend this book to fansof historical fiction. The first forty pages areof on a slow start but anyone who can read pastthat will highly appreciate doing so. The authorIrene Hunt provides you with a descriptive,endearing and accurate perspective of life duringthese tough times in American History.Bibliography:.