Across Five Aprils follows the Creighton family starting in April 1861, just as the American Civil War begins. Over the next 4 years, young Jethro Creighton watches as family members struggle how to serve or whether to serve at all. Public opinion ebbs and flows as battles are won and lost, soldiers (including a member of Jethro’s family) desert and the casualties mount.
Will the war ever end? Which side will win? How many more loved ones will be lost?
Our family has been fascinated for years by the touching and heroic human stories that come out of the Civil War era. Across Five Aprils, which was a Newbery Honor Book in 1965, brings the Civil War to life for your young readers. Although fictitious, Across Five Aprils was carefully researched and is based on family stories told to the author by her grandfather.
Middle Grade Reading Level, 224 pages, Newbery Honor Book, published in 1964.