I'm looking for a gift novel to give a 15-year old (Scottish) boy who is interested in reading about the American Civil War period. He reads to a high standard, but is only just turning 15. He doesn't require YA books, but would like one that isn't too dense and dry, or too mature in content. (Cold Mountain is a bit too mature in content, as a yardstick. Little Women is a bit far in the other direction! ) I'm looking for something written fairly recently ...not Red Badge of Courage, or something like that. Not a classic, but a more modern offering. It can be basically any topic as long as it concentrates on the Civil War period and portrays the period accurately. I don't think he's big on Romance, but just about any other realistic (as opposed to fantasy/horror/sci-fi) genre would do. Any ideas?