Often times, children are not able to grasp historical events because they lose focus trying to read history books that don’t capture their attention. Call Me Kate is a well-written book that will teach children about the civil war era in a way they will never forget. As sad as prejudice is, it is part of our country’s history and it can’t (and mustn’t) be ignored. It must be discussed, analyzed and changed; strategies must be implemented to change the future of this great nation.
Although extremely sad, this story reveals that life doesn’t always go as planned; some times we are forced to reach deep within, to a place we didn’t know existed, to walk from day to day. It is through the trials that courage and character are born (not when life is simple and care-free).
I recently became a fan of historical fiction, due to the mix of story and educational facts from the past. If you are a young teen, struggling with the civil war era, I would challenge you to pick up a copy of this book. Learning can be fun when told in story-form.