Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Call Me Kate - A Review

Call Me Kate - Molly Roe

Synopsis (taken from Barnes & Noble website)

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 Thoughts:

I found this to be an interesting story. I'm not a big history buff and it was my worst subject in school but Molly did a wonderful job telling this story. She brought the characters to life for me and even though I didn't understand some of the history parts, I enjoyed it.

The book certainly made me curious to stuff I didn't know and I have since looked stuff about that part in history. The fact that she made me curious enough to go look up stuff says tons about the book. I will say it took me a few days to read, longer than I thought it would, but that's not always a bad thing.

I like how there were discussion questions and extension activities in the back and think it would be a great read and discussion book for the younger crowd.

(disclosure - I received this as a review copy from Tribute books)


Bluestocking said...

Interesting. Have you read the last silk dress.

Zia said...

Nope I haven't read that one.

Tribute Books said...

Thanks again for the review, Zia!

Bluestocking, I would say that "Call Me Kate" would be in line with The Last Silk Dress and Ann Rinaldi's historical fiction.

Anonymous said...

I feel the same as you do about HF, but I have found some authors have me loving the novel anyway...this sounds like on of those. :)