Across Five Aprils

Book review by Jennifer Docherty, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

This historical tale is captivating and memorable.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 32 reviews

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age 18+


I think this book would be good for nobody. It was so boring. There is also violent descriptions.

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Too much violence
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age 18+

It’s Mediocre

I have seen children say “omg I hate this book it is the worst.” I don’t personally absolutely hate the book. I am in the eighth grade and usually I prefer books about adventure and magic, or romance like most middle schoolers do. I think this book is more suited for adults as it is a bit boring for an eighth grader. (My class of fourteen other teenagers would agree.) It is a bit slow going and I found it hard to tell when time had passed, it would be telling about Jethro and his family’s troubles and stuff, and it wouldn’t say he or anyone had aged and then it would be like, “and that April after the April before that April but on that third April...” It’s a bit confusing. I wouldn’t really recommend it for children or teenagers, maybe a fifty year old with a midlife crisis.

This title has:

Too much violence

Book Details

  • Author: Irene Hunt
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: January 1, 1964
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 190
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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