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Across Five Aprils

The book Across Five Aprils is about Jethro Creighton, a boy who grows up during the Civil War.  Jethro has read stories about war, but realizes what real war is like when war starts.  Jethro lives on the Illinois, Kentucky border. His family owns a farm on which Jethro helps.

At the beginning of the book, Jethro is nine years old.  Jethro is the youngest of many children.  His brothers and cousins must go join the army.  Only he and his sister, Jenny, stay.  As the years pass he misses his many relatives. Jethro and Jenny in their spare time read the newspaper. The newspaper is full of stories about generals and battles.  Jethro and Jenny receive many letters.  The letters contain more details about battles than the newspapers have.