Ulysses might be a superhero, but it’s Kate DiCamillo who’s the magician. She’s created yet another timeless, moving, and hysterical tale about an improbable hero:a squirrel whose run-in with a vacuum cleaner (and a cynical little girl named Flora) bestows upon him a talent for poetry, and the power to “fight the forces of darkness and evil.” Just as in our own, those forces create plenty of sadness in Flora’s world. Stories and humor and love are the antidotes: joy is the rabbit that DiCamillo never fails to pull from the hat.
— Sara, Atlanta
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 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.
About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for young readers, including "The Tale of Despereaux," which received a Newbery Medal; "Because of Winn-Dixie," which received a Newbery Honor; "The Tiger Rising," a National Book Award Finalist; "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; "The Magician's Elephant"; and the best-selling" Mercy Watson" series. Kate DiCamillo lives in Minneapolis.
K. G. Campbell is the author-illustrator of "Lester's Dreadful Sweaters." He was born in Kenya, raised in Scotland, and now lives in southern California.