Rating: High Five!
Who I'd Recommend to: Fans of Katerina's Wish, the first Calpurnia Tate book, anything Pam Munoz Ryan, Navigating Early, Brown Girl Dreaming, and the Secret of the Bees.
Synopsis (from Amazon):
included-away from her mother's critical eye. Whether it's wrangling a rogue armadillo or stray dog, a guileless younger brother or standoffish cousin, the trials and tribulations of Callie Vee will have readers laughing and crying and cheering for this most endearing heroine.
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This book does not disappoint. It was everything you'd expect and want and have previously loved in Kelly's previous Calpurnia Tate story. The story grabs you from the start, the writing is truly eloquent and so much fun to read, and the characters - especially Callie Vee - are unheard of. My 4th Grade teacher once told me that books are either a "character book" (one, such as the Mysterious Benedict Society, that's all about great character) or a "detail book" (I'm assuming by that she meant that it had lovely details and was all about the descriptive writing). The amazing thing about this book is that is is, without a doubt, both. The descriptive writing is incredible and caused me to reread paragraphs just because I loved them so much, and the characters are realistic, humorous, and very distinct. And, UGH, the author writes so powerfully that I felt such strong emotions throughout the story, especially when Kelly got into the delicate topic of female descrimination.
I've always loved Science and I enjoyed seeing it incorporated within the story flawlessly, and Callie's Grandfather, Walter Tate, conveys his lessons to Callie beautifully. I especially liked the one with the astrolabe, as I'm really interested in astronomy.
Another thing I love is how Kelly really gives you a feel for how things were in Callie's time (early 1900s). I always enjoy a good Historical Fiction and this is by far one of the best I've ever read. Also, currency in that time has always fascinated me, and I was thrilled to see Kelly brought that into the story, too.
Overall, one of my favorite books that I've read in a long time, and I'm dying to know if the author plans on creating another incredible Calpurnia Tate story.