Author: Molly Roe
Publisherr: Tribute Books
Publication Date: 2008
Genre/Format: Historical Fiction/Novel
Summary: When her family needs her to work after her father is hurt in a mining accident, Kate McAfferty accepts the responsibility. She learns more about herself than she could have imagined when she ends up having to set out to rescue a lifelong friend in the Civil-War unrest that surrounds her.
What I Think: This is the first eBook I've ever read! It actually worked out perfectly since I was home with the baby. I could scroll through the pages with one hand without having to hold the book up.
Besides the eBookiness, I really loved Kate McAfferty as a character. Even though she has to leave school, which is a bummer, but it went with the time period, she remains positive and works really hard to help her family. I love her relationship with Con and her stick-with-it-ness. I would recommend this to any middle schooler that likes historical fiction.
Read Together: 4 - 8
Read Alone: 4 - 9
Read With: The Other Half of Life By Kim Ablon Whitney; Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847 (Dear America Series) and other books in the Dear American series.
Snatch of Text: "'S'ter, S'ter, I need to see Katie right away!' The disheveled boy who burst into our classroom was my friend and former classmate, Con Gallagher. He bent to catch his breath beside the well-polished teacher's desk.
Twenty pairs of horror-filled eyes turned in my direction, then darted back toward the frowning nun, expecting the worst. Sister Mary Charles never tolerated disruptions, especially to her beloved literature class. I was in for it unless Con had a darn good reason to be here." p.3
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Asking Questions, Visualizing, Making Connections
Writing Strategies to Practice: Personal Narrative
Writing Prompts: Write about a time in your life when you had to be responsible for something important. Write about a time in your life when someone was depending on you.
Topics Covered: History - Civil War, Coming of Age, Responsibility, Family, Friendships, Love, Strong Will, Perseverance, Loyalty
Translated to Spanish: No
Thanks to Tribute Books for providing me with this eBook and asking me to be part of their blog tour!