Friday, October 15, 2010

Book Review: Call Me Kate, by Molly Roe

I’ve always been a huge fan of historical fiction. I love to learn about what life was like at different points in history. Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires, by Molly Roe takes place during the Civil War, but examines events that don’t often make the history books. The lead character, Kate, lives in a small mining community in Pennsylvania, and the draft has just been instituted. This could be devastating to the poor families in Kate’s town, and few of them can afford the $300 to buy their way out of fighting. But what can a teenage girl like Kate do?

It turns out that Kate’s feisty Irish temperament serves her well as she disguises herself as a boy to infiltrate the resistance movement and gather the information she needs to save her town from a full-scale disaster. Teenage girls reading this book will be inspired by Kate’s courage and strength to take matters into her own hands. History buffs like me will be fascinated by the description of life for Irish-Catholic families in Pennsylvania during the Civil War era. Call Me Kate is an absorbing blend of fact and fiction that keeps readers in suspense from start to finish.

Read an excerpt from Call Me Kate at and/or check out the video below for a quick overview of this book. Call Me Kate is available through Tribute Books and the Amazon link below!

DISCLOSURE: I received an electronic version of this book to facilitate my candid review. No compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the Amazon link at left.

1 comment:

  1. Susan - thanks for a great review and for sharing 'Call Me Kate' with your blog readers. We appreciate your support of this Mom's Choice award-winning title.

    I agree with you - I'm a lover of historical fiction - it is my favorite genre - because like you said you can learn about a period in time possibly not covered by a majority of history books.

    Best wishes,
    Tribute Books


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