The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (by Jacqueline Kelly)

26 08 2013

evctBaffled. That’s what I am. I don’t understand how The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate could have been a Newbery Honor book…? I thought it was flat, uninspired, boring even. The one character I wanted to know more about (the grandfather) wasn’t developed at all, and Calpurnia or Callie and her so-called evolution? A token character who has a flat storyline that’s really going nowhere. Not a real person at all, but a way to prove a point: “See, adults, this is what kids should read.” I’m not wild about this one at all. If you want Newbery Honor material with a historical slant with real characters: get Gary D. Schmidt’s stuff and he’ll even throw in some humor!

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