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Sunday, September 26, 2010
Review - Call Me Kate by Molly Roe
Title : Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguire
Author: Molly Roe
Publisher: Tribute Books
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Rating : You Need to Read
Reviewed By : Jennifer
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?
This book is a great way to learn about US History without feeling you've been sitting in a lecture. The characters are strong and Ms. Roe doesn't back down from the harsh reality surrounding that time and location. The book centers around the coal industry during the time when safety was nonexistent and the struggles of the families were tough. Katie is a strong female character who watches life change around her daily and yet she continues to look out for her family and her friends. She becomes embroiled in the Molly Maguires to hep her dear friend. The book is believable and I was left with a sense of sadness for the people of that time in the coal mine towns. Not a good place for some. It was just a good book for all ages, but especially youth.