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Gideon Tell and the Siege of Vicksburgby Walker, Robert W.
Publisher: Royal Fireworks Press
Retail Price: $9.99
Issue: Summer 2001
Gideon Tell, the hero and namesake of this novel meant for young adults, is an aspiring photography spy for the Union who infiltrates Confederate-held Vicksburg to gather intelligence for General Grant. When not photographing military installations, Gideon is preoccupied with surviving the intrigue that swirls around him---suspicious Confederates, civilian refugees, war profiteers, and other shady characters. In the process, he learns about the complexity of human nature.