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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly is a novel about a girl living in 1899 Texas who is experiencing gender inequality. She lives on a farm with her large family, including her botanist grandfather with whom she is studying evolution and all forms of life. This is really a one of a kind book that every girl should read. The storytelling and writing is beautiful and the message behind it is powerful.


AGE RANGE INTERMEDIATE


THEMES

Family

Women’s Rights

Nature

Historical fiction

Coming of Age


OVERALL RATING 9/10

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. It is hard for me to imagine how things look when I have never seen them, but for years since I first read this book I have had crystal clear images of the settings in it ingrained in my head. The characters are so diverse and the plot is immersive. Jacqueline Kelly mastered every aspect of a good book from drama to humour to story line.


PROS

Feminist

Good child’s perspective

Funny

Heartfelt

Beautiful

Wonderful imagery


CONS

Uses a small amount of racist or outdated language

Might be hard for some kids to relate to because the culture was so different in 1899


NOTES

There is a sequel to this book, but I have not read it. I assume the sequel is as good as the first one, though, and the cover looks beautiful!!

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