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April Morning (English Edition) par [Fast, Howard]
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"Invites comparison with Crane's Red Badge Of Courage... I think this is an even better book."—New York Times

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Howard Fast’s bestselling coming-of-age novel about one boy’s introduction to the horrors of war amid the brutal first battle of the American Revolution

On April 19, 1775, musket shots ring out over Lexington, Massachusetts. As the sun rises over the battlefield, fifteen-year-old Adam Cooper stands among the outmatched patriots, facing a line of British troops.
Determined to defend his home and prove his worth to his disapproving father, Cooper is about to embark on the most significant day of his life. The Battle of Lexington and Concord will be the starting point of the American Revolution—and when Cooper becomes a man.
Sweeping in scope and masterful in execution, April Morning is a classic of American literature and an unforgettable story of one community’s fateful struggle for freedom.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author’s estate.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 212 pages
  • Editeur : Open Road Media Teen & Tween (13 décembre 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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HASH(0x9bcdf78c) étoiles sur 5 Excellent, eye-opening 31 août 2006
Par Elizabeth Clare - Publié sur
Format: Poche
"A boy becomes a man" is been the theme of countless novels. April Morning, written in 1961, reveals what a skilled writer can do with a basic idea. The novel starts innocently with Adam Cooper, a 15-year-old Lexington boy, being scolded by his stern father for laziness in doing his afternoon chores. But today is no ordinary day. As the evening progresses, Adam's dad is called to a town committee meeting--it seems the British are marching out of Boston to seize the colonists' arsenal and put them back in their places.

April Morning is a short book, but it at first seems to unfold quite slowly. There is plenty of time to see Adam clash with his pompous dad, seek solace from his tart-tongued grandmother, argue with his little brother, and grab a furtive kiss with his young girlfriend. The modern reader, used to each book opening with an exploding helicopter, might be forgiven for wondering where Fast is going with all this.

Then something happens that is so shocking and so unexpected, that we, like Adam, are thrown forever out of the ordinary world and into the nightmarish beginning of war. In the course of the next hours, Adam is forced to confront the realities of a war he never asked for and a world that is forever changed.
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HASH(0x9bbc8e34) étoiles sur 5 A must have in your personal library... 5 décembre 1997
Par Un client - Publié sur
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This was probably one of the best books that I have read. It tells the story of a teenage boy named Adam Cooper, and his involement in the battle of Lexington. At first no one in the village of Lexington believes that the British are coming to fight. But when they kill Adam's father and many of his friends, he fleas. After he has gained control of himself, he goes out with his cousin and helps win one of the most famous battles during the American Revolution. This book was well writen, and it felt like you were right there in all of the action. I recommend this book to anyone.
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HASH(0x9bd28da4) étoiles sur 5 A Teacher's Point of View 8 janvier 2001
Par D. Rizzo - Publié sur
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We use this book in our eighth grade language arts class, and while I agree with other reviewers that this isn't the Great American Novel, it does a terrific job with characterization (I don't know who back there thinks that Adam wasn't "described" enough, but his looks are irrelevant; his personality is clear, believable, and accurate from the context of his family and town). The story, which I agree can be a bit stale, takes place over 24 hours, which is a neat gimmick. The old fashioned attitudes and perspectives can put off some readers, but reading this book for the purpose of learning about the time period, the beginning of the American Revolution, and understanding that modern people aren't so very different from their forefathers does indeed save it.
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HASH(0x9bd1a8d0) étoiles sur 5 Slow on plot, great on characters. 3 janvier 2004
Par Eriko Myoujin - Publié sur
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While it is true the plot can be described as "slow-paced", it is excusable, for the book takes place over a period of 24 hours. This gives the author the chance to expand on minute details of the day, giving you the sense that you ARE there, and every detail is absorbed. Granted, this does make for a slow read, but Fast makes up for that in characterization.
The main character, Adam Cooper, is a teenager--naturally rebellious and not the most respectful guy someone could meet. He and his father have a shaky relationship, and Adam's little brother, Levi, gets his share of verbal abuse as well. But come the redcoats and the battle of Lexington and Concord, Adam learns what it takes to be a man after his father is killed and he's shown quite harshly what reality is all about.
One highlight I'd have to make is the smokehouse scene. This takes place directly after the battle, and Adam has fled to a smokehouse to hide from the redcoats. He's alone and scared when Levi comes looking for him. Levi and the rest of the family have found their father's dead body, and Levi is in tears. Adam--the same Adam who called his brother names in the beginning of the story--takes the boy into his arms and comforts him. Character development has always been a major thing in books for me, and this I just adore--both characters learn to accept and love each other (and I can't help but say the whole thing is very, very cute).
In short, the book is slow-paced and hard to get through at some parts, but I adore it soley for the characters, which are well-developed and easy to relate to. I myself am 14, and I read this last year in 8th and simply adored it. Who says a teenager can't enjoy this book? =D
As for historical accuracy, it IS shaky, but the Lexington and Concord battle is not the main focus of the story. If I had to guess, I would say Howard Shore chose his setting as mere backup for his development of Adam in his boy-to-man journey.
I adore this book, especially Adam and Levi. If you're into character-driven books, this is for you.
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HASH(0x9bfcaccc) étoiles sur 5 April Morning 19 avril 2002
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur
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Moses Cooper tried to negotiate with the British redcoats when they arrived at his town, but unfortunately, they shot him dead before he got to speak, which marked the beginning of the Battle of Lexington. All the men and boys who were with Moses ran away for their lives, even though they carried guns with them. Adam Cooper, Moses Cooper's fifteen year-old son, also ran away, but he met a group of men who were on their way to fight the British redcoats. He joined the group and shot at the redcoats all day long, turning noticeably from a boy into a man. He hid in bushes and in the smoke produced by the shooting of gunpowder while he shot at the redcoats who marched on the roads. At the end of the day, Adam Cooper went back home and showed how he had become a man by surviving through everything that had happened; the death of his father, his first time using a gun to shoot at people, seeing his friends and relatives being killed, worrying about his mom and his brother safety, etc. He had experienced enough to think and act like a grown-up. All these things happened on April 19, 1775.
I can say that this is the best historical fiction that I have ever read. In April Morning, I can clearly see how Adam got through all that has happened. He met many people on that day that each taught him a valuable lesson, which was very important for him to get through all that he had gotten through. He had been a part of many terrible things on April 19, 1775. As a result, he had grown tremendously on that day. Seeing Adam overcoming many obstacles and growing mature with an amazing pace is really an extraordinary experience.
The part that I liked best in this book is when Adam was shooting at the British redcoats. He was exhausted from all the running he had done and from losing his sleep the night before, so he fell asleep, right in the middle of a battle. That's not something you see everyday, it's very unusual. If there weren't any bushes or smoke covering him up, Adam would have been shot dead without knowing how he got killed. However, what touched me the most was how Adam's uncle and the Reverend reacted when they heard someone said that Adam was lying on the ground, motionless. They worried and cried and prayed for him just like his father would have done. This shows how a person can care so much for another person.
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