Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell

Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.

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 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.


After Flora rescues a squirrel sucked up by a high-powered vacuum cleaner, she soon discovers the squirrel is now in possession of amazing superpowers, understands English and writes poetry. Sound good so far? Oh yes, and not only does the squirrel have an arch-nemesis who wants him dead, he must also battle ignorance, cynics, an aggressive cat and big hair during his adventures.

Written by Newberry Award winner, Kate DiCamillo, who always depicts her animal characters with great empathy, and with illustrations by K. G. Chesterton that capture some of the more hilarious incidents, this is a wonderfully warm and funny story of an unusual friendship between a girl and a squirrel. It also depicts the complications of modern family life with a light touch.

Highly recommended for readers aged 9 and up.

Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings St Kilda.

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