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3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Irene Hunt Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781470355425
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Southern Illinois is a place of mixed emotions as the American Civil War erupts. For the Creightons, the war lures two sons to the Union army and one to the Confederacy, leaving ten-year-old Jethro to care for the family farm. As the war rages, Jethro does whatever he can to learn about the fates of his brothers, while the Creighton family faces its own danger. Some townspeople can’t forgive the Creightons for having a rebel son—and they’re willing to use violence to make their feelings known. In a state torn by conflicting loyalties, Jethro is forced to grow up quickly to preserve his family and their home. Across Five Aprils is a powerful classic from Newbery Medal–winning author Irene Hunt. Tom Stechschulte’s homespun narration brings out the spirit and courage of a boy who shoulders a tremendous load—and becomes a young man in the process.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intriguing and beautifully written book.”

    New York Times

  • “A powerfully moving story about the Creighton family of Southern Illinois and their personal struggles in the War Between the States.”

    Chicago Daily News

  • “Drawing from family records and from stories told by her grandfather, the author has, in an uncommonly fine narrative, created living characters and vividly reconstructed a crucial period of history.”


  • “This beautifully written novel offers valuable insights into the difficulties faced by families and communities caught up in the political, economic, and personal upheavals of war.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 5/18/2011

    " This young adult classic was very interesting. It was about the youngest son of Illinois farmers during the Civil War. What struck me most was how hard people can work and what hardships they can (or can't) endure if necessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 5/10/2011

    " You know, we don't think about the Civil War much anymore. This book allows you to relive it from the point of view of someone on the sidelines. The best part was the letter from the President. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 5/9/2011

    " I read this after it was assigned to my daugher in 8th grade. I loved how the book broke down the conflicts of the Civil War into easy concepts for students. I think it's a must-read for American history buffs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 5/8/2011

    " Not a bad story and not that long. I read it in one night - because my community college professor wanted a paper on it and I had to turn it in the next day - and actually enjoyed it. I don't want to spoil anything, but if you're from Southern Illinois like I am, pick this up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittanie | 5/3/2011

    " Surprised I liked this book as much as I did. Despite sounding boring initially, it really drew me in and I did enjoy it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne | 5/1/2011

    " The book takes place during the civil War but, is from the families point of veiw and not so much from the men in the war and the battles. It told of the families and some of thier strugles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tokio Hotel, Cinema Bizarre, and The GazettE | 4/25/2011

    " It was barely possible for me to understand most of what they were saying because of the way that she made the characters talk, and how she spelled it. It was rather hard for me to follow the book itself as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckie | 3/25/2011

    " This book is proof that one should reread high school assignments. I really enjoyed reading this account of the Civil War, told through the Creighton family. A good book with great characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 3/24/2011

    " I'm not a history girl..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adine | 3/19/2011

    " Listened to it on my MP-3. Enjoyable but not a lot of action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 3/16/2011

    " The best book written about those left behind in the time of war. Told through the eyes of a ten year old boy who watches his family torn apart and brought back together by the Civil War and his own courage in learning to read and write an who he writes too will thrill you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew | 3/3/2011

    " BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We had to read this in class and it is the one of the worst book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOBODY died, civil war maniacs. So, to sum it up, it is one o' the worst book EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

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About the Author

Irene Hunt (1907–2001) was an American children’s writer best known for historical novels. Her first book, Across Five Aprils was a runner-up for the Newbery Medal, an award which she won for her second novel, Up a Road Slowly. She was a nominee in 1974 for the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition available to creators of children’s books.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.