“Intrigued by the different grasshoppers in her backyard, 11-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate finds herself suddenly enthralled by the natural world -- a fascination that unexpectedly leads to a new bond with her famously reclusive grandfather. Voracious in her newfound love of science, Callie launches herself on a summer of exploration, which leads to many new discoveries, not least of which is what it means to be a girl in love with science in Texas in 1899.”
— Meghan Dietsche Goel, Book People, Austin, TX
The summer of 1899 is hot in Calpurnia's sleepy Texas town, and there aren t a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot of time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life all you have to do is look through a microscope 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 learns 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 an unusual year with unique sensitivity and wit.
About the Author
Jacqueline Kelly won the Newbery Honor for her first book, "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate". She was born in New Zealand and raised in Canada, in the dense rainforests of Vancouver Island. Her family then moved to El Paso, Texas, and Kelly attended college in El Paso, then went on to medical school in Galveston. After practicing medicine for many years, she went to law school at the University of Texas, and after several years of law practice, realized she wanted to write fiction. Her first story was published in the "Mississippi Review" in 2001. She now makes her home with her husband and various cats and dogs in Austin and Fentress, Texas.
Natalie Ross has narrated and directed over 150 audio titles. Her reading of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate won the "Best Children's" title at the 2011 APA Audie Awards, as well as an Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award. Her work has been featured in many "Best of the Year" lists, and she was named "Favorite Female Narrator" and "Favorite Dual Narrators" (with Phil Gigante) in 2011 and 2012. In addition to audiobooks, Natalie is an accomplished playwright and theatre actress.