by Jacqueline Kelly
Poor Calpurnia is living in a time when girls must learn to sew and cook and wear their hair all fancy in order to become good wives. Instead, Calpurnia would like to be a naturalist like Charles Darwin. She and her granddaddy have been collecting specimens and writing observations about plant and animal life in a journal. One day, they believe they have discovered an entirely new species! But Calpurnia's parents don't understand. As the only girl with six brothers, she has to focus on becoming a lady. Will Calpurnia ever get her own way? This is a fun family story about what it was like to grow up in 1899.