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Publisher's Summary

This compelling classic of a boy's coming of age during the Civil War is based on stories the author's grandfather told her about his own life.
©1965 Irene Hunt (P)2002 Audio Bookshelf

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Great History book for kids

I listened to this with my 11 & 13 year old boys on the way to a civil war reinactment and they loved it. Also a lively discussion at book club. Good growing up. Well written, compelling. lots of things to discuss and information not too graphic. All of the boys in our book club loved it. Excellent intro to the civil war and issues on border states.

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Excellent book, well read!

This is an excellent book that was well performed by the reader. I highly recommend.

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Portrays the Reality of the Civil War for Children

The Civil War was such a complex event. It tore the fabric of our nation as well as within families. This is the story of the Civil War as it affected ten year old Jephtha. He was a petted youngest brother at the beginning but had to take over running the farm when his older brothers all went to war. Two of his brothers went to fight for the North and one for the South. A cousin went and fought for the North and after two years of heavy fighting deserted. Jephtha has to wrestle with the issue of who to ask for help in deciding what to do (He ends up writing Lincoln, and getting a personal letter from him.) The reality of war is presented carefully in letters from the front. This lets you know what it was like without putting a child through emotional stress listening to it.

If your family is studying the Civil War, I highly recommend this book. It will give you lots to talk about re the issues of the war.

Terrry Bregy does a good job of reading, although there is this harmonica music that occurs randomly ( not at chapter breaks) that was rather strange.

My children and I enjoyed this book down to and including my 7 year old daughter,

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Read It & Love It, especially you history buffs!!!

Loved it. The narration was the key!!!. Perfect for eight graders & beyond & seniors.


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Amazing book

It was my third favorite book!! The narrator was good . I was upset that my 2 favorite characters died. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Excellent book. Excellent history of the times

If you could sum up Across Five Aprils in three words, what would they be?

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Great discription of how the Civil War was to the average person.

Have you listened to any of Terry Bregy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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The South could have won using Cornstalks, cotton, and Sugarcane, but No, the North wanted to use muskets and cannons.

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super good

you have got to listen to this. it is very good and true to life

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Good story.

Not epic writing but a great story with good historical telling. Narrator ok. Simple and easy to follow.

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Such a great story!

This had my son and I in tears a few times....it was so good! What a great way for kids to learn about the events surrounding the Civil War.

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Enjoyed the story again.

I remember reading the book in junior hight years ago and enjoying it. Now I have kids and they are learning about the Civil War and it came up as a book report option. I listened to it to remember the story and be able to talk with them about it. I think I got more out of it this time than I did years ago.