In The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Henry Holt and Company, 2009) 11 year old Callie Vee is the middle child between 3 older brothers and 3 younger brothers. She's also caught in the middle of wanting to learn about nature with her grandfather and her mother's desire for her to learn womanly pursuits. This historical novel by Jacqueline Kelly is funny, interesting, touching. I love the relationship between Callie and her grandfather, her struggles in the kitchen, the music she likes to play, her conversations with Viola their cook, her misunderstandings of what the future might be, the excitement and interests as new things like the phone and automobiles begin to affect their lives.
I believe the Newbery honor award for this book was well deserved.