Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

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How does Jethro change emotionally in Across Five Aprils? From the first half of the book (before the war starts) and during/after the war, how does he change emotionally?

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The five Aprils of the story mark significant events of the Civil War, such as the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861 and President Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, both of which occurred in April. The month is also important in the farming lifecycle as the coming of spring in the Great Plains where the book is set. Jethro, the protagonist, is only 9 when the story begins. As he is too young to go and fight, he must hold down the farm with his father, laid permanently low by a heart attack.

As his brothers and neighbors join up, he first holds a romantic notion, associated with the brass band music and uniforms. Soon he realizes the...

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