The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate - Jacqueline Kelly

I loved this book the first time I read it (approximately two or three years ago), but had no intentions to read it again any time soon.  Then it was chosen for our mother-daughter book club and, after reading it aloud with my ten year old daughter, I fell completely head over heels in love with this story and its characters all over again.  I think the first time I read it, I felt a little cheated by what I felt was left out - Calpurnia has all this burgeoning awareness of turn of the century gender politics, but what of class?  what of race?  And then I realized that Calpurnia's relatively narrow world view and slowly dawning awareness of her place in it is precisely what makes this book so special.  I'm really at a loss to say much more, but I do think this is a daughter that all mothers and daughters should read together.