Publisher: Tribute Books
Publication date: November 2008
Source: Review copy provided by publisher
Katie is growing up in the coal districts of Philadelphia, right at the beginning of the Civil War. Her family, and most of her friends' families, depend almost exclusively on the coal mine owners for their entire sustenance, including where they live. When her father suffers an accident that renders him unable to work, it falls to her and her mother to help pay the bills. But, when Katie takes a job working for a rich mine owner, she finds herself getting caught up in much bigger affairs, especially when her friend becomes embroiled in a dangerous draft protest. Will she be able to save him before he gets arrested or killed?
Things I Liked:
It was a very interesting and unique look at a familiar time period, a look at the Irish immigrant and coal mining experiences at the start of the Civil War. I really liked Katie for her intelligence and determination to do what she could for her family and friends. The setting is really the best part about the book. It felt very complete and helped you feel like you were right there experiencing everything Katie did. Times were hard, yet the people were resilient. While the main character is somewhat older, I think it will appeal to tweens more. An good story with some interesting history.
Things I Didn't Like:
The ending was a little too neat. Though, I did like Katie's romantic choice, which was not what one expected. It's great with its unique portrayal of time and culture, but doesn't have quite the spark and character to stand out from other narratives of the time period.
the Dear America series by various authors
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
some, but not a lot
Overall rating: ***
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