October 11, 2010

Call Me Kate

Not really.

It’s the name of a book I read recently. A cross between a true historical account and a fictional story, it was set in the Civil War era in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, this book opens a window into a world I didn’t know much about.

When the draft was instituted during the Civil War, many of the poor immigrants could not afford the $300 fee to pay someone to fight for them. Once they left to serve in the Union army, their families were left without income or assistance.

In response to these dire circumstances, resistance groups such as the Molly Maguires rose up to fight against the conscription of those who weren’t even citizens of the United States.

Call Me Kate is a young adult novel and silver medal winner of the Mom’s Choice Award.

While some of the story moved a little slower than most fiction, overall the story was interesting and quite educational. I would be glad for my children to read this book when they are older. Personally, I wish the characters had been developed a bit more in depth and the story had not ended quite so abruptly. But I stuck with it to the last page and that’s a feat by itself. I am too busy to invest time in something that is not valuable.

You can purchase this book through Amazon for $11.07 (paperback) or $2.99 (Kindle).