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Across Five Aprils- Summary The book Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt is a great fiction novel that gives the reader a good perspective of the average family during the Civil War This book shows the hardships and tough times that the war cast upon everyone in the US The author tries to get the reader to be sucked in by the constant goings on in the lives of the many characters This story takes place in southern Illinois in the 1860s during the Civil War The main character Jethro Creighton is a nine-year-old boy that lives on his familys farm during the war His brother Tom and his cousin Eb leave early on and join the fight against the Confederates Soon after Jethros brother Bill runs away to join the Confederate army This causes much controversy throughout the book and later causes the hate crime of burning down the familys barn Soon after Bill leaves Jethros oldest brother John and the local teacher Shadrach Yale leave to fight for the Union as well This leaves Jethro his older sister Jenny and their parent s to manage the farm alone Not long after the last of the older men leave Jethros father Matt has a heart attack and is bed ridden Jethro now has to become the man of the house With the help of his sister Jethro farms the fields and provides for his family and his brother Johns wife and two children After receiving a few letters from Tom the family is notified of his death Eb comes back after a while because he abandoned his post and was being hunted by the government for desertion Jethro then writes to the president regarding his cousins dilemma He then received a letter back form Abe Lincoln himself telling him what his cousin can do to return to his position Soon after that incident the family finds out that Shadrach
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