1. jannert

    jannert Member Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2013
    Messages:
    9,683
    Likes Received:
    9,546
    Location:
    Scotland

    Can anybody recommend an American Civil War novel?

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by jannert, Apr 16, 2016.

    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?
     
  2. esshesse

    esshesse Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2016
    Messages:
    92
    Likes Received:
    33
    Killer Angels. I read it when I was that age and loved it. Was my favorite book. Highly reccomend
     
    TWErvin2 and thirdwind like this.
  3. thirdwind

    thirdwind Member Contest Administrator Reviewer Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Messages:
    7,489
    Likes Received:
    2,994
    Location:
    Boston
    I second The Killer Angels. It's a great book.
     
    TWErvin2 likes this.
  4. Dr. Mambo

    Dr. Mambo Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2016
    Messages:
    525
    Likes Received:
    517
    Location:
    Iowa
    I realize this thread is way old, but I third Killer Angels. Also, for a teen, I recommend Red Cap and Rifles for Watie.
     
    TWErvin2 and zoupskim like this.
  5. zoupskim

    zoupskim Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2015
    Messages:
    1,184
    Likes Received:
    1,151
    You beat me to it. GREAT book about a ol' country boy fighting for the Union, getting used as a scout and spy, then fighting for the Confederacy. You see the war from both sides, and it's not too violent.
     

Share This Page