Jacqueline Kelly

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Jacqueline Kelly
BornNew Zealand
Diednot dead
not dead
Notable worksThe Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Notable awardsNewbery Honor

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

Personal life[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet[edit]

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


  • Return to the Willows (2012)


  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.

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