Calico Girl Characters

Updated: 2/10/2021
Calico Girl Characters
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Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolen

Calico Girl by Jerdine Nolen

Lesson Plans by Lauren Ayube

Callie Wilcomb is a 12 year old enslaved girl who lives in Virginia in the 1860s. At the time, Virginia no longer had to abide by the rules of slavery and there seemed to be hope for her family. When they learned of three enslaved people who escaped and found protection at Fort Monroe, a Union outpost not far from where they lived, Callie’s father decided it was time for his family to be free. With the Civil War going on all around them, Callie and her family make a risky yet life-changing decision to go after their freedom. Based on true accounts and real locations of the Civil War, Calico Girl is a poignant, hopeful, and sometimes heartbreaking story of one family’s journey to be free.


Calico Girl

Storyboard Description

Use a character map to keep track of characters in Calico Girl, as well as their traits, motivations, changes, and challenges.

Storyboard Text

  • Callie
  • Physical/Character Traits12 years oldIntelligentKindBrave How does this character change throughout the novel?Throughout the novel, Callie becomes more confident and brave. What challenges does this character face?Loses both of her brothersDealing with SuseEscapes to freedom
  • Hampton (Papa)
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  • Mama Ruth
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  • Joseph
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  • Little Charlie
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  • Suse
  • Mister Henry
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  • Mistress Catherine
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  • Mrs. Peake
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  • Lieutenant Jessup
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