Posted in 2013-2014 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo

Flora and UlyssesSummary:  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.

Candlewick

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One thought on “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo

  1. This book was one of a kind. It was very confusing because of the comics and the view from the squirrel. In the qualifications for the Newbery award you judge by the text. There were quite a few “comic books”, which makes me wonder if it could qualify. Flora really didn’t have a motivation which bothered me. All she wanted was the squirrel to be safe…But why did she want him?? Kate DiCamillo tried a new style of writing, and I personally don’t like it. While it may be one of the best of half comic books/ half novels, this book is not a Newbery.

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