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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires by Molly Roe

Title: Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires
Series: None
Author(s): Molly Roe
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Tribute Books
Release Date: November 24, 2008
Finished: January 2010
Pages: 168
Challenges: None

My Thoughts: In 1862, a young Pennsylvania girl named Kate McCafferty stops going to school after her father is injured working in the coal mines. Now she has to be the bread winner and gets a job in another town as a maid. Soon she hears about how awful the coal miners are being treated and begins posing as a boy in the Molly Maguires, an rough underground Irish group who tried to improve the coal miners lot. Will she get caught, or will the coal miners get the benefits?

I was attracted to this book because my family comes from coal miners in the same area where young Kate lived. There are some family rumors that my great great grandfather was in the group, but that is another story. I thought this book seemed well researched. As I read, I felt as if I was in the story.

About the Author: Molly Roe is a jr. high school teacher. This is her first book in a trilogy of historical fiction.


Tribute Books said...

Thanks for the review, Shannon - it is much appreciated!

paula said...

My mother said her great grandfather was a coal miner and he died from an accident at the coal mines. Also we had some family in the unions that died because of it. My aunt searched the family tree. I wish I knew more. This book wasn't a good place to start. It's the same as the Molly Maguires movie.