This year’s Newbery Award, given to the most distinguished book for children by an American author, goes to FLORA & ULYSSES by Kate DiCamillo. The author of many popular books such as THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, and the MERCY WATSON series, this is a smart, heavily illustrated story with a lot of humor and heart.
Flora is a lonely girl. Her mother spends all her time writing romance novels, and she doesn’t see her father very much (her parents are divorced). Flora reads a lot of old comic books about “the great Incandesto”, a superhero. One day she looks out the window and sees a squirrel getting sucked into the neighbor’s vacuum cleaner. Flora saves the squirrel, who now seems….different somehow. Has he become a superhero? How will Flora’s lonely life change because of this squirrel named Ulysses?