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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
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Aug 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2011, ya-books
Read in October, 2011

Recommended by my friend Kristen, I liked this book for a variety of reasons. It was set in 1899, rural Texas, but the main character's family was quite well off. I feel like a lot of books set in the frontier west focus on the poor and struggling, so this was a nice change of pace. The main character was quite engaging, being the middle child with three brothers on either side. The struggles she had maturing into a new life stage were engaging, and her family was well formed for such a large bunch. Also, the writing was very good, especially for a YA novel. And it was funny in places, which always makes reading enjoyable. This would be a great book for someone who has never read--but is interested in--YA fiction.

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