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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
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it was amazing
bookshelves: middle-grade-to-ya

If there is any justice in the world, this book should become an instant classic. The story of a girl growing up in small-town Texas at the turn of the 20th century, knowing somehow that being a "lady" like her mother isn't enough of a life for her, Calpurnia Tate is a just a delicious, suspenseful, quirky, humane read. She discovers science and forges a bond with her formerly offputting, gruff, scary (and hard-drinking) grandfather. The book has a really feminist spirit but isn't the least bit heavy-handed. I can't think of many other books for middle-grade readers that are about the life of the mind without being at all pretentious. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book.
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Started Reading
May 15, 2009 – Finished Reading
June 20, 2009 – Shelved
June 20, 2009 – Shelved as: middle-grade-to-ya

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message 1: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Another goodreads friend, my friend Barbara, who's the librarian at Hunter (elementary) also just gave this book 5 stars! I'm sold.

message 2: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline Kelly Folks, my publisher has set up a Facebook page for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, where I will answer any questions about the book. Also, my new website is
So glad you like my girl!
Jackie Kelly

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