In this second installment in the Calpurnia Tate series, we get to watch Calpurnia and her family as they react to a hurricane that hits the coast of Texas. Calpurnia is up to her usual adventures - spending time with her grandfather, getting into trouble with her younger brother, and being forced by her mother to learn to be a lady. Calpurnia is even more aware of the inequities between the way she and her brothers are treated, and it is grating on her. She wants to go to veterinary school, but her father wishes for her to get a teaching certificate.
I enjoy Calpurnia's curiosity and her thirst for knowledge. I was glad that Calpurnia noticed the inequities in her life and was frustrated along with her that she was unable to change them. I am looking forward to additional installments in this series and will definitely recommend it to my young patrons.
Recommended for: middle grade
Red Flags: none - this is a great book to give to patrons who want "clean reads" for their kids
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
Read-Alikes: Stella by Starlight, Paperboy, Little House on the Prairie