Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Longlist, National Book Awards 2013 for Young People's Literature

Kate DiCamillo, Flora & Ulysses book cover
ISBN 9780763660406
Candlewick Press
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Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures was on the National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature in 2013, and she was a National Book Award Finalist for the same category in 2001 for The Tiger Rising. More about this author >

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It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format— a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.