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  • Published: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2009.
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 340 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 830

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780805088410
  • 0805088415



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The evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Kelly, Jacqueline.

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Call number: Y Fiction / Kelly, Jacqueline, R Newbery Honor 2010

Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Pittsfield Youth

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In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

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What a wonderful story This book would be interesting for all young adults and adults of all ages. Calpurnia is a modern young girl living in a large family,mostly of brothers, her parents and grandfather. The relationship between Calpurnia and her grandfather is wonderful.

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This book feel like it was written so that someone could use it for a book project. don't get me wrong, it is one of my favorite books, but I find myself using in different ways for many book projects. It has several very clear themes. One is Calpurnia's realization that she wants to be different than what is expected of girls in that time period. She also bonds with her grandfather, which shows common ground between generations. Calpurnia is sometimes defiant, but unjustly so. She speaks her mind, especially when I comes to "No fair" and all matters of science. She is hoping to get a copy of Darwin's The Origin of Species, but instead gets The Science of Housewifery. I guess you could consider it a science book, but not the type Calpurnia was hoping for.

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