Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meet Author Molly Roe

Today, we're taking a break from our spooky stories and photos to meet Author Molly Roe. I am delighted to tell you a little about her book, Call Me Kate, Meeting the Molly Maguires.

Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires

by Molly Roe

*Mom's Choice Award Winner in young adult historical fiction category

*4 1/2-star rating at

About the Book

Fourteen-year-old Katie McCafferty risks job, family, and eventually her very life to rescue a lifelong friend. Disguised as a draft resister, Katie infiltrates a secret Irish organization to prevent bloodshed. Tragedies challenge her strength and ingenuity, and she faces a crisis of conscience. Can Katie 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.

"Call Me Kate is a fascinating look at the time period of the early drafts for the Civil War. It focuses on a specific area of the country and the conflict that arose among the different classes and ethnicities. I got a brief history lesson on a time period that I wasn’t very familiar with. For anyone interested in getting some history with their fiction, Call Me Kate is a good book to add to your choices." -

" The politics of the time, the history of how hard the struggle was for many poor families, is absolutely inspirational. The writer did a wonderful job bringing us back to the past, and making us understand that bigotry – in any form – can only harm. I am always so thankful when a writer comes out with a story that teaches something more than “unrequited love with a supernatural being.” Don’t get me wrong, those are fun, too. But this is a great story that will teach something and be fun at the same time." -

Here's my review:

Author: Molly Roe
Publisher: Tribute Books
Copyright: November 24, 2008
Hardcover 168 pages
ISBN: 10: 0981461956
ISBN-13: 978-0981461953

The Review:

The blaring of the breaker whistle means one thing at Murphy’s Patch in the Pennsylvania coal country: mine accident. When Catherine (Katie) Agnes McCafferty’s father is injured in November of 1860, her life is changed forever. Money becomes scarce, medical needs for her father are expensive, and Lincoln has been elected president of the United States bringing turmoil to the country. This is Katie’s world.

To help her family’s finances and to keep them from losing their home, fourteen-year-old Katie takes a position as a domestic in Hazleton, over an hour’s distance from her family. She has no idea she’ll soon become involved in the uproar over the unpopular draft, or that she’ll masquerade as a boy on a secret mission, or that she’ll risk her life to save her friend from the Patch, Con Gallagher, as well as her new friend, Patrick O’Brien from possible death. Katie is a heroine you will find yourself cheering on, hoping that she succeeds in her efforts to prevent more bloodshed in the battle for survival.

Author Molly Roe brings to life a tumultuous time in America’s history, a time when tempers ran high, when Irish immigrants worked hard but barely survived. We get a glimpse of Katie in quieter moments as she enjoys the things girls of the 1860’s did, such as making tatted collars, or dancing with Con, who she might love, had the Civil War not interfered. We travel with Katie as she faces each challenge presented her with courage and spunk. As her father once told Kate, “If you’re the only one that knows you’re afraid, you’re brave.” Call Me Kate is a story of family, heartbreak, and finding the bravery within oneself. This story will linger in your mind, long after you’ve read the last page.

Ms. Roe’s novel would make a nice supplement for teachers in history classes about the Civil War, Irish immigration, and coal mining. As a lover of the Civil War era I have a whole library of Civil War books and am pleased to add this one to my collection. Though this book is written for teens, it should appeal to parents and grandparents, as well as readers who enjoy historical novels. So be transported to another time, another place with Katie. I think you’ll enjoy the ride. I know I did.



  1. Beverly - what an absolutely lovely review. I cannot thank you enough for the creativity you brought to your post. I can feel how much you enjoyed the book just by reading your words.

    Thanks for sharing 'Call Me Kate' with your blog readers. We appreciate your support of the book.

    It's an honor that Katie's story now has a place within your Civil War book collection.

    Best wishes,
    Tribute Books

  2. You're welcome, Nicole. I enjoyed reading about Katie. She reminds me a lot of my CW girl, Lizzie.

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to review Molly's book.

  3. Historical YA fiction - don't see too many of those! She's definitely found a niche.

  4. True, Diane. I don't think historicals are too popular, but I enjoy reading them.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    BTW, I'm reading your book Heather and enjoying it. :)

  5. Wow! Sounds great! My fave way to learn history is by reading a great story!

    Lovely interview, ladies!

  6. Thanks for your nice comment, HK.

    To me, reading historical fiction, with facts well researched, is much more educational than a boring text book with only facts and dates. :)

  7. And that is PK. My fingers have a mind of their own tonight. I'm nodding with sleep. Been a long day. Sorry.

  8. I'm reading this book now. Love it! I'm glad to see more historicals for this age group. Fantasy and the paranormal are big for them right now, but if I were this age again, I would be hunting down all the historicals I could find.

    My review of this book will appear at on October 30th.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on a great book, Bev.


  9. It is your kind of book, Cheryl. I agree that more historical novels are needed for our young readers. They should know America's history and not just dates and major people, but the life of the common citizens.

    Thanks for your comments.

  10. No better way to learn your history and have it stick. Hat off to Molly Roe.

  11. You're right, C Lee. I remember history better when there's more story to it than just dry facts.