Review of: Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

Reviewed by: Caleb

Jethro Creighton is in for some war-packed Aprils starting in 1861. In Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt, the Civil War is starting. Jethro, a tough 9-year-old boy, and his family living in Illinois will have to survive the bloodiest war in American history. His brothers are going to fight on two sides. Bill is going to fight for the Confederates, while Eb is going to fight for the Union. Jethro’s sister, Jenny has a boyfriend who goes to war, gets sick, and goes to Washington D.C. In this Newberry honor book, the real story is about how war affects a family, and how they try to survive. Do they survive through it? Who dies? Check this book out to find out.

This book was not to my tastes because the story can get slow. One example is there was one chapter that was just letters. Also, most of the characters could not speak correctly, which made it confusing. Across Five Aprils made me feel bored, because there was a lack of action. I rate this book 2/5 stars.

I recommend this book to people 12 and up, and people who like the Civil War. I would do this because it talks a lot about the war, and the action is slow, and some of the words younger kids wouldn’t understand. I still hope people will read this book, despite my review.