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Jacqueline Kelly

Jacqueline Kelly

Jacqueline Kelly won the Newbery Honor for her first book, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. She was born in New Zealand and raised in Canada, in the dense rainforests of Vancouver Island. Her family then moved to El Paso, Texas, and Kelly attended college in El Paso, then went on to medical school in Galveston. After practicing medicine for many years, she went to law school at the University of Texas, and after several years of law practice, realized she wanted to write fiction. Her first story was published in the Mississippi Review in 2001. She now makes her home with her husband and various cats and dogs in Austin and Fentress, Texas.

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Where did you grow up? Western Canada - Vancouver and Vancouver Island

What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing? What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?

This is my first book. It was inspired by my 120-year old farmhouse in Fentress, Texas. It was inspired by the summer heat, and the sight of two grasshoppers on the window screen: one large and yellow, the other small and green.

Do you use your childhood as inspiration?
Yes, in the sense that I, like my protagonist, heartily dislike cooking and sewing.

What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?
Childhood: The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland
Adulthood: Jane Austen, Travels with My Aunt (Graham Greene), Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)

What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
My husband and I enjoy weird, mildly dangerous activities when we travel. The last time we went to New Zealand, we went black-water rafting, swam with the wild seals, and went zorbing, where you roll down the side of a hill inside a giant vinyl ball. I am now a certified zorbonaut! Plus, I have flown in zero gravity. I'm trying to talk myself into bungee jumping, but so far it isn't working.

Who are a couple of your favorite author/illustrators? What is it about their work that inspires and interests you?
Charles Portis, Alice Munro, Grace Paley, Lee K. Abbott-all wonderful writers who combine great writing with humor and humanity.

What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
Find or start a writing group with people whose opinions you trust; listen with open ears.

Books by the Author

Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet
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Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet

Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet

Jacqueline Kelly; Illustrated by Teagan White and Jennifer Meyer
Square Fish
Square Fish

The character from The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate helps animals big and small in this second book in a chapter book series by a Newbery Honor author.

When Callie and Granddaddy...

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Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet
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Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet

Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet

Jacqueline Kelly; Illustrated by Teagan White and Jennifer Meyer
Square Fish
Square Fish

From Newbery honor author Jacqueline Kelly comes Skunked!, a new illustrated chapter book series for younger readers featuring the beloved characters from The Evolution of Calpurnia...

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Who Gives a Hoot?: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet
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Who Gives a Hoot?: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet

Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet

Jacqueline Kelly; Illustrated by Teagan White and Jennifer Meyer
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

From Newbery Honor author Jacqueline Kelly comes Who Gives a Hoot?, the third title in her illustrated chapter book series for younger readers featuring the beloved characters from The...

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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate
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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly
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Square Fish

Callie Vee, Travis, Granddaddy, and the whole Tate clan are back in this charming follow-up to Newbery Honor-winner The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

Travis keeps bringing home...

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Return to the Willows
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Return to the Willows

Jacqueline Kelly; illustrated by Clint G. Young
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Mole, Ratty, Toad, and Badger are back for more rollicking adventures in this sequel to The Wind in the Willows. With lavish illustrations by Clint Young, Jacqueline Kelly masterfully evokes...

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly
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In this witty historical fiction middle grade novel set at the turn of the century, an 11-year-old girl explores the natural world, learns about science and animals, and grows up. A Newbery Honor...

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