Frequently considered as the first novel of the Young Adult genre, Across Five Aprils is a historical novel by written Irene Hunt and set in the civil war. It was published in 1964 by Berkley and won the 1965 Newbery Honor. Across Five Aprils assimilates some of the stories told to Hunt by her grandfather, whom she was very close to, about his youth.
Across Five Aprils went on to win the Charles W. D. W. Award in 1997. It was adapted into film in 1990 by Kevin Meyers, and starred Todd Duffey and Miriam Byrd-Nethery.
This novel is about the hardships of the Civil War era and includes many important facts and family stories. While this was Hunt's first book, she did very well on sales and promotion, which led to her fame. Aside from the Newbery Honor, she won the 1964 Charles W. Follett Award.