Kelly, Jacqueline The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, 309 pgs. Macmillan (Henry Holt), 2015, $16.99. Language: PG (2 swears, 0Fs); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.
13-year-old Calpurnia Tate is a very busy young lady. Between her science lessons (including dissections) with Grand-daddy, keeping track of her younger brother Travis and all the stray animals he brings home she hardly has time for herself. Now, her cousin Aggie is living with them (Aggie’s family’s home was destroyed in the hurricane that hit Galveston) and she is sharing Calpurnia’s room, and Calpurnia is starting to notice how much differently she is treated than her brothers. Her parents have much different expectations for Callie’s future than she does.
This books is a joy to read! Well written in a voice that clearly reflects the turn of the century vocabulary and mannerisms. Nostalgic and sentimental, the sequel to The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, it does stand well on its own, but don’t miss out on her story, read them both.
MS, HS - ESSENTIAL Lisa Librarian