Caleb Trask (East of Eden) Caleb (Cal) Trask is the twin brother of Aaron (Aron) in John Steinbeck’s famous American novel “East of Eden” (1952). They reflect the Biblical story of Cain and Abel. Cal is the “dark” twin who is intensely jealous of his more likable brother, Aron, yet he struggles to lead a good moral life. He learns of the Hebrew word "Timshel" (meaning "thou mayest") and accepts that he is neither compelled to strive for sainthood nor is he doomed to sin (overcoming his fear that his mother’s evil had been passed down to him). He accepts he has the power to choose. In the end, he reveals to his brother Aron that their mother is a prostitute which results in Aron’s death (he flees to the army and dies in WWI). When Cal is asked about Aron’s whereabouts, he sneers: “Am I supposed to look after him?” In other words: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Caleb Meyer - a song by Joan Baez
Caleb and Kate (William Steig) - When Caleb finds himself transformed into a dog and is unable to tell his wife his true identity, he decides to become her companion. Caleb and Kate is a 1977 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year and a 1978 National Book Award Finalist for Children's Literature. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Caleb's Choice (Clifton Wisler) - In 1858 Texas, people are violently divided over a law that makes it a crime to help runaway slaves. Caleb isn't sure how he feels. When an escaped slave saves his life, Caleb knows he has a debt to repay. But should he break the law and risk his life to help two slaves escape? Recommended for ages 9-12.
Caleb's Story (Patricia MacLachlan) - Anna has done something terrible. She has given me her journal to fill. In Anna's journal the words walk across the page like bird prints in the mud. But it is hard for me. It is hard for me to find things wo write about. "It's your job now," Anna says to Caleb as she hands him her journals. He worries that he'll have nothing to write about, until one winter day his younger sister, Cassie, discovers a mysterious old man in the barn and everything changes. Everyone is excited about the arrival of a new family member except for Jacob, who holds a bitter grudge. Only the special love of Caleb, and the gift he offers his grandfather, can help to mend the pain of the past. Recommended for ages 8-10.
More Perfect than the Moon (Patricia MacLachlan) - Eight-year-old Cassie Witting is upset when she finds out that her mother, Sarah, is expecting a baby, but writing in the journal that belonged to her brother Caleb helps her sort out her feelings and understand that Sarah will always love her. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Something Upstairs (Avi) - When 12-year-old Kenny Huldorf moves to Providence, Rhode Island, he soon discovers that his attic bedroom is haunted by the ghost of a teenage slave named Caleb. Before long, Caleb summons Kenny back in time, where Kenny finds himself entangled in Caleb's murder and deeply troubled by the century-old injustice. Ultimately, it is up to Kenny to solve Caleb's murder or remain forever trapped in history. Part ghost story, part social commentary, this thought-provoking, hair-raising page turner from master tale spinner, Avi, is a perfect chilling summer read! Recommended for ages Young Adult.
Famous People Named Caleb - Caleb Bradham (inventor of Pepsi-Cola)
Famous People who Named their Son Caleb - Jack Nicholson (actor); Julianne Moore (actress)
Caleb - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Caleb.