The Red Badge of Courage is by Stephen Crane. The classic tale of the Civil War. Henry Fleming is a private in the Union Army. He goes against his mother's wishes and enlists because he wants to experience "the glory of war". In his first battle, he turns and flees. Henry is ashamed of his behavior and upon his return to his regiment is determined to make good as a soldier. This novel presents a very realistic, although not very graphic, depiction of Civil War battle experiences. A must read for young boys.
Ratings: 6th grade - 9 out of 10 - V (violence).