January 26, 2010

Tween Tues: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Tween Tuesday was started over at Green Bean Teen Queen as away to hightlight awesome books for the 9-12 year old set. AKA Tweens. Any book highlighted on Tween Tuesday does count for the In the Middle Reading Challenge. This week's book is:

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
This book was just awarded a Newberry Honor.
I haven't read it yet, but it sounds great. I'll get to it soon!

From Goodreads
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.


  1. This book sounds delightful and heartwarming! I may have to pick it up as a summer read! Thanks! :)

  2. My agent sent me a copy of CALPURNIA. The relationship between Callie Vee and her grandfather is lovely.

  3. This is on my TBR list-I can't wait to read it.