Picture this: You’re the only girl in a family with seven kids total. You live in Texas, and it’s a boiling hot summer. And you’re doomed to become part of domestic society, knowing nothing beyond darning and cookery. Well, what do you think? Bleagh. Unfortunately, this is the life of poor Miss Calpurnia Virginia Tate, an eleven-year-old girl that doesn’t necessarily have the adventurous life she longs for. But that all changes when she ends up getting to know her grandfather and is swept into the magnificent world of Science. I loved this book (written by Jacqueline Kelly) for Calpurnia’s hilarious antics, her candid narrative, and the good writing. I’m nearly positive you’ll enjoy reading about Calpurnia’s piano recital, the time her big brother gets a girlfriend, and the whole Lula Gates fiasco. So I’d go check for it at the library if I were you.