Call Me Kate: Meeting the Molly Maguires

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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 ...
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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.

2010 Mom's Choice Awards Silver Recipient for Young Adult Books

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  • ISBN-13: 9780981461939
  • Publisher: Tribute Books
  • Publication date: 11/24/2008
  • Pages: 168
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2010

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    An Unbalanced Look At History

    "Call Me Kate" by Molly Roe might seem like an innocent tale about a plucky young girl. But a closer reading shows it's little more than a repetition of anti-Irish, and anti-labor myths once used by mine owners to squash unions and promote anti-labor feeling in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania. (With unintended irony, Roe says she wrote it as a tribute to her Irish heritage.)

    Similar stereotyping and improvable assumptions can be found in "Chase," another novel for young adults, by Jessie Haas. Both books beg the question of the existence of the Molly Maguires, still disputed by historians.

    Both authors' depictions ultimately derive from the hearsay evidence of the mine owners' Pinkerton detective agents. The sort of hearsay evidence Clarence Darrow later exposed in court, resulting in the acquittal of the accused in a case also involving Pinkerton detectives against union miners in the west. Such "evidence" is at least partially responsible for biased accounts of that time passed down as history. A more thorough examination of the historical record shows that through a concerted war of words spanning a half-century, owners used slanders, innuendoes, and baseless accusations to fuel anti-labor fears-with the outcome that many innocent workers were jailed, killed, and otherwise harmed throughout the US.

    Both works invest in the "secret organization of thugs theory," i.e. Molly Maguires-both authors seem unaware that the secretiveness of coal unions was also a response to the fact that union members could be prosecuted and jailed under state conspiracy laws of the time. The Catholic Church also prohibited membership in a union, or secret organization.

    Roe's story centers on a "dangerous secret organization" of miners. The book's heroine, Kate, infiltrates the group, after discovering one of their "violent" plots. Kate foils the miners' plan, saving many from death or serious injury. But facts are that by far the majority of murders and killings were of miners by mine owners, not the reverse.

    Sporadic violence by miners did occur in Pennsylvania, most of it crimes against property. On the other hand, owners consistently used martial law, government troops, vigilantes, and the courts to take the lives and liberty of miners -until owners were forced by the United Mine Workers and President Roosevelt to finally bargain peacefully in 1902. (See 1902 Anthracite Strike) From the miners' viewpoint, and in fact, unions are what finally brought them a measure of safety and prosperity

    "Call Me Kate" also contains new distortions of history. Roe conflates her secret association of miners with Irish draft dodgers, though no evidence exists of any significant draft resistance in the area of Pennsylvania her story is set in. In fact, records show that a great many Irish from the anthracite region served with the Union army during the Civil War.

    Roe offers "Call Me Kate" as a teaching aid, including questions for discussion. But the book gets even simple things wrong, like the translation of the Irish word "banshee" as "female witch." (The correct translation is "fairy woman." ) More troubling though is the book's unbalanced look at history

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

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    Katie's World

    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 did.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Call Me Kate is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Catharine "Katie" McCafferty has grown up in the midst of the Pennsylvania coal mining community. The owners of the coal mines can pretty much run the lives of those that rely on the mines for their livelihood. If the head of the household becomes injured due to safety issues in the mines, the remaining family members must come together to pay the rent or they will lose their home.

    Many of the miners are paid in scrip, which is only good at the company-owned store. Struggling is a way of life. But Katie's family and neighbors have always gotten by and relied on each other.

    When Katie's father is injured at work and loses the use of his legs, Katie takes it upon herself to help her family stay afloat. Her mother secures her a temporary domestic help job for a local bachelor. When that job ends, she finds herself traveling to a large estate to become live-in help. It's while Katie works for the Pardee family that she becomes entangled in the intrigue and secret Irish societies determined to help those drafted into the Army by backhanded means.

    The Molly Maguires are just one of these organizations that fight for the rights of the second-class miners. The members are willing to destroy rail lines and scarify lives for the good of the larger whole. Katie becomes scared for her long-time friend, Con, who has taken up with the group and fears for his life. She befriends the stable boy at Pardee's estate and the two try to sidetrack the horrible plot to blow up the tracks.

    CALL ME KATE was 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. Being from Pennsylvania, I could picture many of the places that were referenced and 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2009

    Call her Kate and listen to her tale

    by Karl Williams, Canny Lark Music, Tunkhannock, PA


    You know this is going to be a good story before you even open the book - it's on the cover in Kate's eyes. The book's about Irish immigrants working in the coal mines at time of the Civil War. But I want to tell you what I loved about Molly Roe's work. First off, the language. It was wonderful to read of Kate's father calling her "Macushla" (my darling). There's an old song by that name and it ran through my head as I read through the book. You'll also find out what a "breaker boy" did and what "firedamp" was. And then the characters. Kate's just a child when her father's legs are crushed in a mine accident, but she's the oldest and so she takes on the tasks of paying the rent and putting bread on the table for the family. And while she's at it, she discovers what the Molly Maguires are planning by way of protest against the mine owners and how many people are sure to be killed - and she decides that she just can't let that happen. And we read all of this as Kate tells it to us. You'll be happy to meet her. And of course there's the history. If you don't know about this part of US history, this is a wonderful introduction. And if you do know it, well you'll be spurred to find out more. This is a good one - take it from me.

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

    great story

    Call Me Kate
    Molly Roe
    Published by: Tribute
    Reviewed by: Ashley Turlington for ReviewYourBook.com 3/2009
    ISBN: 978-0-9814619-3-9
    Katie has to take a job, though she is fourteen-years-old. Her father was hurt in the coal mine. It is the "unfair cost of being poor and female". This takes place during the beginning of the Civil War, but many of the issues are relatable.
    First of all, there is the debate and reality of the war. Secondly, there is discrimination. Lastly, there is the tough economy and corporations raping their employees.
    Then, her father dies. Before so, he encourages her to marry Con. Will she marry him? Will she take a stand against all the worldly injustice? This is a great story about a strong female heroine.

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