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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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Westlake, OH, United States
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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,

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Excellent book, well read!

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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For all ages ,for all times

Insightful book on the Civil War that, listened to by families and discussed to understand our country's history, will give a deep appreciation for our 'united' states and the cost to keep it so. This book personalizes the impact of any civil war on a soul. A worthwhile book!

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Loved it

I've read this book for a class project and I love it. The story makes you wish you could go back in time to the Civil war and experience the past and all that comes with it. 6/5 stars!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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Love this story

I read this book many many years ago. So glad to have found it on audio. It is one of my own classics. To me it is a wonderful book to read over and over again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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?

Outstanding Book

What did you like best about this story?

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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If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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

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Love it

I listened with my 9 year old twin girls... it explains a lot about the Civil War in a wonderful story