Across Five Aprils

Across FIve Aprils In Across FIve Aprils, the character are faced with many difficult decisions, which range from difficult choices on lovr to lyalty. One such example is the decision Bill Creigghton makes. He decided that he wantes to join sides with the Confecderate army, against his area’s popular belief to support the Union. Bill decided to do this because, in his belief, and area shouldn’t have its way of life taken away from it because of war. This shows that Bill cares about tothers and feel that things that have already been established should stay the way they are.

Finally, Shadrach Yale is faced with another difficult decision. He decided that though he could have stayed home witht he things and peopole he loved, he shouold go off to war to fight on the Union front. Shad did this because he felt that he shouldn’t be safe at home while other men were out fighting the war. His decision says that Shad is an unselfish person who is couragerous. Another character that must make a difficult decision is Jethro Creighton.

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He decided not to turn in his courin Eb to the authorities, after he find him in hiding because he is a deserter. Jethro also decieded not to tell his family about it. He finally decided to write Presiden Abraham Lincoln for help. Jethro dosen’t tell his family about it because he doesn’t wat to add another load to their already very heavy burden. He doesn’t turn in Eb because he loves his cousin too much to turn him in.

THis says about Jethro that he’s willing to stay loyal to his family, even if it means breaking the law, as with Eb. He also cares very much about his family because he doesn’t want to upset them And he’s also willing to go to great pains for e”Eb, because he writes Abraham Lincoln and he takes on the eomtional burden of dealilng with Eb. All thee characters represent only a portion of those in this novel who sacrifice things dear to them to do what they believe is right.

ACROSS FIVE APRILS

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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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