The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
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Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.

Debut author Jacqueline Kelly deftly brings Callie and her family to life, capturing a year of growing up with unique sensitivity and a wry wit.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a 2010 Newbery Honor Book and the winner of the 2010 Bank Street - Josette Frank Award.

 

About Jacqueline Kelly

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Jacqueline Kelly was born in New Zealand and raised in Canada. She now makes her home with her husband and various cats and dogs in Austin and Fentress, Texas. She is a practicing physician. Her first novel, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, was a Newbery Honor winner. jacquelinekelly.com/Clint G. Young was born and lives in Dallas, Texas. cgyoung.com/cy/default.aspx
 
Published May 12, 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 352 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Mother was awakening to the sorry facts: My biscuits were like stones, my samplers askew, my seams like rickrack.” The year is 1899, the place Texas and the problem is 11-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate, who is supposed to want to cook, sew and attract future beaux, not play in the dirt, examin...

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Kelly's first novel presents spirited heroine Calpurnia (Callie) Virginia Tate, a middle child with six brothers, growing up in the isolation of Fentress, Tex., in 1899.

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You can read “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” at the Aurelius, Dansville, Haslett, Holt, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, South Lansing, and Webberville branches of the Capital Area District Library or pick up a copy at Schuler Books, Barnes & Noble Books in Lansing or online at Amazon here: The ...

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Open Letters Monthly

Calpurnia see these efforts to mold her into marriage material as intrusive: “My time with Grandaddy slipped away as the domestic mill wheel gathered momentum, grinding its principal raw material – namely, me – into smaller and smaller scraps.” Kelly’s depiction of Margaret is a major distrac...

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Common Sense Media

Readers will find it easy to relate to Callie, a smart girl who attempts to do the thing she loves despite what society -- and her mother -- think is proper.

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In the baking hot Texas summer of 1899, Harry, the oldest of eleven-year-old Calpurnia Tate’s six brothers gives her a notebook in which she begins to write down her observations of nature.

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Though her trip is unsuccessful, Callie Vee figures out the answer through further study, shares her solution with her Grandfather, and a tenuous connection forms between them.

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