The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Book 1 of 2 in the Calpurnia Tate Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 8Y5.380972

Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.

Debut author Jacqueline Kelly deftly brings Callie and her family to life, capturing a year of growing up with unique sensitivity and a wry wit.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a 2010 Newbery Honor Book and the winner of the 2010 Bank Street - Josette Frank Award. This title has Common Core connections.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published on May 12, 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0805088415
ISBN-13: 9780805088410
79 Book Reviews
  • atrama
    atramaabout 4 years55 stars
    • oona
      oonaover 5 years44 stars
      so far so good!
      • sweetyheart
        sweetyheartover 6 years
        Have you guys ever read this book before?
        • mammers904
          mammers904over 6 years55 stars
          One of my favorite books because it had a lot of science stuff and history. Girls and science! Awesome.
          • olliebob
            olliebobabout 7 years
            I started reading this book with my sisters and it has been good so far.
            • amiraabout 7 years
              good book good for school and nice ending. Callie Vee (Calpurnia Tates nickname) is very forward think for the time. READ IT!!!!!!!
              • newsmaster
                newsmasterabout 7 years55 stars
                I've read it before it is about a girl who loves to study insects. It's Awesome :D
                • Bossabout 7 years
                  Not THAT good review... 😔😔
                  • brandon about 7 years
                    it bad and crazy
                    • CHEESE!!!about 7 years
                      hmm.... that seems like an interesting book. i love reading and that seems like a good book.