Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Call Me Kate by Molly Roe Review

What is this? A post from me? GASP!
Title: Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires
Author: Molly Roe
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 168 pages
Book Type: Paper Manuscript
Publisher: Tribute Books
ISBN: 978098146193X

Picture from Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads: Coming of age amidst the seething unrest of the Civil War era, feisty fourteen-year-old Katie McCafferty infiltrates the Molly Maguires, a secret Irish organization, to rescue a lifelong friend. Under the guise of Dominick, a draft resister, Katie volunteers for a dangerous mission in hopes of preventing bloodshed. Katie risks job, family, and ultimately her very life to intervene. A series of tragedies challenge Katie's strength and ingenuity, and she faces a crisis of conscience. Can she balance her sense of justice with the law? Call Me Kate is suitable for readers from eleven to adult. The story is dramatic and adventuresome, yet expressive of daily life in the patches of the hard coal region during the Civil War era. This novel will appeal to readers of the Dear America series, as well as more mature readers who will enjoy the story's rich context and drama.
My Review: 
Being from Pennsylvania, this was a fun read! I typically don’t read historical fiction, but I did enjoy this one. I learned things about the Civil War that I didn’t know already. This was an original book and I would recommend picking it up, especially if you enjoy historical fiction. If you don’t like historical fiction, I would still give it a shot. 
Reading about the conditions the coal miners worked in is always a sad circumstance and I really became aware of the day to day struggles they faced. 
Molly Roe Bio:
Molly Roe is the pen name of Mary Garrity Slaby, a veteran language arts and reading teacher at Lake-Lehman Junior Senior High School. Mary holds a Ph.D. in education from Temple University, and Pennsylvania teaching certification in six areas. She has pursued the hobby of genealogy for the past decade. Mary was born in Philadelphia, raised in Schuylkill County, and currently lives in Dallas, Pennsylvania with her husband, John. They are parents of two grown children, Melissa and John Garrett, cover illustrator of Call Me Kate. Digging into the past has given Mary newfound respect for her ancestors and a better understanding of history. Call Me Kate is the first in the author’s trilogy of historical novels loosely based on the lives of the strong women who preceded her.

*I have not received any compensation or gifts for reviewing this book, except for the book itself, of course.  I have expressed my sincere opinions in this post.*

1 comment:

  1. Kaitlyn - thanks for sharing 'Call Me Kate' with your blog readers. We appreciate your support of the book.

    Being a fellow resident of Pennsylvania, I'm glad that you enjoyed the book. We're grateful that you took a chance on a historical fiction novel even though it's not your genre of choice. You can't help put empathize with the plight of the mining families.

    Best wishes,
    Tribute Books


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