Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Maria Salvadore recommended that I read this book, and I did. Let me just say I LOVED it! My mom asked me if I liked this book or When You Reach Me more, and I couldn't decide. The end of this book was a little sad, but it wasn't like I didn't know what was going to happen. I'm  however, glad I was born in 2000 and that the options for girls are WIDE open now!  After I finished this book, I immediately wanted to read it again and again and again. So, when I finish the book I am reading now, I will read it again and again and again.  Three cheers for Callie Vee!!!

Rating: *****


  1. Glad you enjoyed it, Laura! And I agree totally! Girls and women have so many more choices these days! Better to read about the days of old than live them, huh?

  2. HI Laura, so glad you liked my book. Here's how I came up with our heroine's name. A friend of mine has a daughter called Callie, and I decided that that's what I wanted to name my character. However, in 1900, that would have been considered a nickname, and not a proper name, so I had to come up with something more formal that would fit. Hence, Calpurnia. I'll tell you that I read To Kill a Mockingbird so many many years ago that I had completely forgotten about the character by the same name. Or maybe I subconsciously used it to remind readers of Scout, but it was certainly unintentional.
    If you would like some signed bookmarks for you and your classmates, just let me know how many and where to send them. Thanks for being a fan,
    Jacqueline Kelly

  3. P. S.,
    Don't be too sad about the ending of the book. It signifies to me that, although there may be struggles ahead, our girl is going to come out of it all right. Remember the words: "Snow blanketed the ground. It meant that anything was possible."
    Anything is possible for Callie Vee.