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Across Five Aprils
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* The Newbery Medal Winner from 2015 - The Crossover - D&A May 2019
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Michael Fitzgerald
Decent historical fiction type book on the American Civil War, but with the added bonus of being based on the stories of the author's grandfather, who is the protagonist. The writing quality is very good, at a much higher level than typical juvenile books of more recent vintage. On the other hand, the spoken dialect doesn't sit all that well. Is there really that much difference between "your" and "yore"? The historical issues are covered well and the very tough decisions related to North vs. So ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I had to read this in school, and liked it then. I would have enjoyed it more had I known more about the Civil War, I think, as I did at this second reading. This book could be children's or YA.
Heidi
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
My husband recommended this book to me and I was surprised I had never heard of it. It took me a bit to get into. This was a very well written book. It was just hard to read because there was so much sadness that was all to real. The Civil War is one that seems all too real to me and this book didn't make it easier. I think that the author did a great job portraying all sides and history. It is one I want for my own shelves I will have my children read.
Cathy
1965 Newbery honor
Mary
Feb 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this book to try and get some ideas on how to transition over a period of years in a historical fiction story. I actually enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. It had characters along with a good amount of historical facts about Civil War battles, generals, etc. I am currently writing a MG historical novel and have been told to show not tell the reader as I write, however, this book has a great deal of telling and still was an honor Newbery book. Go figure?
Jenny
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelly
Nov 06, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Luann
Apr 05, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: newbery-honor
Amy
Jun 07, 2008 marked it as books-i-own-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Dana
Sep 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Jailynn
Feb 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: boys
Jeanette
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Laura
Apr 11, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: newbery-honor
Meghan
Dec 06, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-own
Shelly
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Miriam
Aug 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, younger, victorian
Suzy
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Dawn
Jun 18, 2016 added it
Shelves: 5th-s-s
Lyndi
May 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Jared
Mar 04, 2013 marked it as to-read
Cheryl
May 15, 2011 marked it as waiting-2-b-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: civil-war
Q
Oct 02, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 4th
Deb Cooper
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Jim
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery-honor
Kerry
Apr 02, 2013 marked it as tbr-spring
Ginnie
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
LauraW
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, tween
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