Jacqueline Kelly

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Jacqueline Kelly
Born New Zealand
Died not dead
not dead
Occupation writer
Subject writing
Notable works The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly is a New Zealand-born American writer of children's books.

Personal life

Kelly was born in New Zealand and moved with her family to Canada when she was young, then to Texas.[1] She earned degrees in law and medicine and continues to practice medicine in Austin, Texas.[2]

Writing career

Kelly's first published story appeared in the Mississippi Review in 2001.[3]

In 2009 her first novel, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, was published.[4] It tells the story of a young girl growing up in Texas in 1899, learning what it means to be a woman in turn-of-the-century America, and learning about science and the natural world from her grandfather.[5] It was a Newbery Honor Book, one runner-up for the annual Newbery Medal.[6] A follow-up, The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, has recently been published and is out.

Kelly has also written a sequel to The Wind in the Willows called Return to the Willows, published in October 2012.


Calpurnia Tate

  1. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (2009)
  2. The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate (2017)

Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet

  • Skunked!
  • Counting Sheep (2017)
  • Who Gives a Hoot? (2017)
  • A Prickly Problem (2018)


  • Return to the Willows (2012)

See also


  1. ^ Jacqueline Kelly’s website
  2. ^ "The Evolution of Jacqueline Kelly", Jennifer M. Brown, School Library Journal, June 2, 2009.
  3. ^ Mississippi Review 2001
  4. ^ Kelly, Jacqueline. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2009.
  5. ^ "The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate", Publishers Weekly, May 4, 2009.
  6. ^ Newbery Medal and Honor Books, Association for Library Service to Children.

External links

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