The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

The Evolution
of Calpurnia Tate

2010 Newbery Award

As eleven-year old Calpurnia Virginia Tate explores the natural world around her, she comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.

“Mesmerizing...absolutely delightful”
~ goodreads

About the Author

Jacqueline Kelly was born in New Zealand and moved with her parents to western Canada at an early age. She grew up in the dense rain forests of Vancouver Island, so you can imagine her shock some years later when her family moved to the desert of El Paso, Texas. She attended university in El Paso and medical school in Galveston (lovingly known as “Galvatraz” among the inmates). She practiced medicine for many years and then attended the University of Texas School of Law. She practiced law for several more years before realizing that what would really make her happy is to write fiction. Her first published short story appeared in 2001 in the Mississippi Review (one of her proudest accomplishments). Her debut novel, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, was released by Henry Holt on May 12, 2009 (another one of her proudest accomplishments). Her second novel, Return to the Willows, a sequel to The Wind in the Willows was released on October 30, 2012.

You can meet Jacqueline Kelly at one of her upcoming events.


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