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Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  44 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
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 ...more
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Published November 24th 2008 by Tribute Books
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Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I happened to be at a train museum in Scranton, PA and I saw this book in the gift shop. The lady who worked there said it was a good book. It's a light read and it's meant for young teen readers, but I have to say that it was an excellent book. I was looking for a quick read. I enjoyed it very much. It's about a young girl growing up in the coal mining section of PA. It goes on to tell the hardships of the coal mining families and her part in taking care of her family and getting involved in th ...more
Dianne Ascroft
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Call Me Kate: Meeting The Molly Maguires is a young adult novel set in the coal mining region of northeastern Pennsylvania during the early 1860s. An accident at the local mine, which injures the main character’s father, opens the novel and pulls the reader into the story. With her father unable to work, 14 year old Katie McCafferty and her family face economic disaster. So Katie, the eldest child, is forced to leave school and enter domestic service. Meanwhile her friends, twins Con and Dinny G ...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog:

I'm a big fan of historical fiction. I especially enjoy reading about American history that isn't covered in regular school curriculum.

In this story, Kate, a young Irish citizen raised among the coal fields, finds herself helping to provide for her family after a tragic accident in the coal fields. She quits school to become a domestic, and finds herself caught up in the labor unrest of the time. Mine owners gave up t
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is a concisely written account of the little known events in the Irish coal mining community during the Civil War. When I say "little known," I really mean, I didn't know. The basic tenets of the Civil War are little disputed (except by the state of Texas, still in denial) with the southern states wanting to be separated from the Union, disagreeing on political points. Aside from Rhett Butler and Ashley Wilkes, who willingly joined the fight because they gave a d***, I was unaware tha ...more
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Call Me Kate was an intriguing and unique read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I hate to say this, but I probably would never have picked this up if I hadn't been contacted to review it. I'm so glad I excepted the query because this was a fascinating novel.

I've read a lot about the Civil War, but this is the first time I've ever read about how it impacted the Irish immigrants and other people living in the North. Katie's life was difficult from the start. Her family was already struggling to make end
Why I read this: I was emailed by the publisher about the blog tour for this book, I thought the blurb sounded interesting and I agreed to be a part of the tour.

How is the novel driven: Character - the action is in the background and the book revolves around how Katie, her family and her friends react to the things going on around them.

My thoughts: I know very little about the north during the civil war, especially the about the people in the coal mining towns that really didn't want to be invol
Feb 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The history in “Call Me Kate” by Molly Roe shows a historical bias with misstatements of fact and other inaccuracies. Roe recently said in an interview on the blog “Conversations With Writers”, “ A group of Pennsylvania miners became known as the Molly Maguires. There is still controversy about whether the group were labor activists, criminals or even whether they actually existed. One fact is known: Twenty men were hanged for crimes committed by the ‘Molly Maguires.’ ”

Despite what Roe says, wh
Amy L. Campbell
The language and sentence structure in this were very simplistic, which would make it a great early middle school read or possibly even capture the interest of a slightly older child struggling with their reading level/comprehension. The story feel very bare bones with an A to B to C plot line. The subject matter is vaguely interesting with the start of the Civil War, the viewing of the Irish as ethnic, labor unions, etc. unfortunately none of these are really covered much in depth but seem mere ...more
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading Call Me Kate. It's definitely written for the younger of the YA audience with a strong emphasis on a historical event. As a young female reader I think I would have thoroughly enjoyed a strong female protagonist related to what I was learning about in school (Civil War era). It also teaches about an aspect of the Civil War I wasn't as familiar with. Typically when I have read about the Civil war you learn about the disease, the huge death toll, the war tactics, the gene ...more
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Molly Roe is the pen name of Mary Garrity Slaby, a veteran language arts & 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, Pe ...more
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