This book, set at the end of 1899, could just as easily been titled The Education of Calpurnia Tate. Calpurnia lives on a farm with her family. She wants to check out a copy of Darwin's Origin of Species at the public library, but is denied. She tells her grandfather and this begins a connection between the two of them and a study of nature.
I found the questions about gender roles in the era insightful. The conflict between religion and science was respectfully presented in my opinion.
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