Jacqueline Kelly

American children's writer

Jacqueline Kelly is an New Zealand-born American author of children's books.

Early life Edit

Jacqueline Kelly was born in New Zealand. She moved to Vancouver Island in Canada at a young age. She moved again to El Paso, Texas where she went to high school and college in Galveston. She went on to get a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas.[1] Before becoming a fictional author, she was a physician and a lawyer.

Awards Edit

For The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, she won the Newbery Honor Book[2] designation, International Reading Association Award, Virginia Law Award, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and Judy Lopez Memorial Award, National Women's Book Association, all 2009, and Josette Frank Award, and the Bank Street College of Education.

Writing Edit

  • Short story in the Mississippi Review (2001)[3]
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (2009)[4]
  • Return to the Willows (2012)

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Edit

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is set in 1899 and features eleven year old Calpurnia Tate. The novel documents her struggle with Texas heat, science, embroidery and her family. She falls in love with science by spending time with her grandfather, who is a scientist, and The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin. She thoroughly battles the expectations of respectable young ladies during the turn of the century.

Return to the Willows Edit

Return to the Willows is written as a sequel to the Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

References Edit

  1. "The Evolution of Jacqueline Kelly", Jennifer M. Brown, School Library Journal, June 2, 2009.
  2. Newbery Medal and Honor Books Archived 2011-10-24 at the Wayback Machine, Association for Library Service to Children.
  3. "Mississippi Review 2001". Archived from the original on 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  4. Kelly, Jacqueline. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2009.
  • "Jacqueline Kelly." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.
  • Kelly, Jacqueline. "Jacqueline Kelly." Jacqueline Kelly. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.
  • "The Wind in the Willows." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.