Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
K.G. Campbell, Kate DiCamillo
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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.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Humor
  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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The adventure begins when young Flora Belle Buckman saves a squirrel, discovers he has super powers, and names him Ulysses (after the vacuum that sucked him up). There's only one problem. Flora's mother hates Ulysses and desires to kill him. Read about this comical adventure to find out what happens in: Flora and Ulysses the Illuminated Adventures.

I am a huge Kate DiCamillo fan, so I was excited to see a new book. This story is about a girl named Flora who saves a squirrel, Ulysses, from a vacuum cleaner accident.  The squirrel ends up like the super heroes Flora has read about in the comics.  He has super powers of strength, and he can also fly!  He also develops the power to write poetry which Flora decides to hide from her mother even though ulysses is creating his poems on her typewriter!

This story is filled with funny moments that are sure to make this an enjoyable story for most children.

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