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Newbery Honor this year. I enjoyed this one a lot. I was dubious at first, for whatever reason, but ended up enjoying Callie Vee and Granddaddy a lot. I’m always happy when books do siblings well, and this one certainly did. I didn’t totally love it, but I can see why many people did. [Feb. 2010] Read full review

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why can't this book have bigger letters.

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I really enjoy this book.

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I think that this is one of the best historical fiction books that I have ever read!I feel like Calpurnia exsisted somehow,like she was a real person in history.

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stupid book about feminism dont even waste your time on a book that is from a woman's point of view on feminist ideas. NEVER READ THIS BOOK.

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This book is very suspenseful! I advise any girls who are tired of people judging them just by their gender to read this book.

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Newbery Honor book for upper middle school and middle school readers is delightful. Calie finds herself very frustrated to play a female's role in late 19th century Texas. Her grandfather, an amateur scientist takes her under his wing. Callie is a wonderful narrator as she shares her story about being female and wanting more. All characters are well-developed. Callie will stay with you long after you finish the book. 

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Kelly, Jacqueline. (2009). The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. New York: Holt.
Grade: 5-7 (GR: Not Yet Rated)
Rating: B
Comments: This book is about a young girl (11 years old) and her summer
adventures amongst a family with 6 brothers and as Callie Vee says "Can you imagine a worse situation?" Callie Vee (short for Calpurnia Virginia Tate) enjoys "doing science" with her grandpa more than traditional jobs that girls and women did at the turn of the 20th century. I could really relate to Callie Vee as when I was a kid I liked to collect things and observe science. The vocabulary in this book was a bit advanced. I occasionally had to look things up in my pocket dictionary. I enjoyed the relationship with Callie Vee and her grandfather. I felt myself really wanting to know more about what happened to Callie Vee when she grew up. The book is set at the turn of the 20th century and would make for good discussions about the roles and opportunities of women then versus now.  

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