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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
     

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

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by Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell
 

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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

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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.

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Kirkus Reviews
When a cynical comic-book fanatic discovers her own superhero, life becomes wonderfully supercharged. Despite the contract her mother made her sign to "turn her face away from the idiotic high jinks of comics," 10-year-old Flora avidly follows her favorite superhero's adventures. Flora's mother writes romance novels and seems more in love with her books than with her lonely ex-husband or equally lonely daughter. When a neighbor accidentally vacuums a squirrel into a Ulysses 2000X vacuum cleaner, Flora resuscitates him into a "changed squirrel," able to lift the 2000X with a single paw. Immediately assuming he's a superhero, Flora names the squirrel "Ulysses" and believes together they will "[shed] light into the darkest corners of the universe." Able to understand Flora, type, compose poetry and fly, the transformed Ulysses indeed exhibits superpowers, but he confronts his "arch-nemesis" when Flora's mother tries to terminate him, triggering a chain of events where Ulysses becomes a real superhero. The very witty text and droll, comic-book–style black-and-white illustrations perfectly relay the all-too-hilarious adventures of Flora, Ulysses and a cast of eccentric characters who learn to believe in the impossible and have "capacious" hearts. Original, touching and oh-so-funny tale starring an endearingly implausible superhero and a not-so-cynical girl. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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In Flora and Ulysses, longtime fans will find a happy marriage of Mercy Watson's warmth and wackiness and Edward Tulane's gentle life lessons. In Flora, they will find a girl worth knowing, and one they will remember.
—The New York Times Book Review

Newbery-winner DiCamillo is a master storyteller not just because she creates characters who dance off the pages and plots, whether epic or small, that never fail to engage and delight readers. Her biggest strength is exposing the truths that open and heal the human heart. She believes in possibilities and forgiveness and teaches her audience that the salt of life can be cut with the right measure of love.
—Booklist (starred review)

Original, touching and oh-so-funny tale starring an endearingly implausible superhero and a not-so-cynical girl.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Despite supremely quirky characters and dialogue worthy of an SAT prep class, there’s real emotion at the heart of this story involving two kids who have been failed by the most important people in their lives: their parents.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Rife with marvelously rich vocabulary reminiscent of the early superhero era (e.g., "Holy unanticipated occurrences!") and amusing glimpses at the world from the point of view of Ulysses the supersquirrel, this book will appeal to a broad audience of sophisticated readers. There are plenty of action sequences, but the novel primarily dwells in the realm of sensitive, hopeful, and quietly philosophical literature.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763667245
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
62,727
Lexile:
520L (what's this?)
File size:
82 MB
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
March 25, 1964
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JMTJTC 4 days ago
“All words at all times, true or false, whispered or shouted, are clues to the workings of the human heart.” Genre: Middle Grade Fiction. Number of Pages: 233. Perspective: Third. After a run in with a vacuum cleaner, an ordinary squirrel becomes much more. He may be exactly what a lonely girl with divorced parents needs. I love children’s literature. Why? Because it takes complex subjects and simplifies them for children. This book deals with divorce, neglect from a workaholic mother, and remarriage. But none of it felt heavy. The whole book was written as an over-the-top pseudo-comic book story. It was ridiculous and totally unbelievable, but it was wonderful. The illustrations were beautiful and mixed in with the story perfectly. Kate DiCamillo excels in kooky characters and animals that save broken spirits (such as in Because of Winn Dixie). If you read this story, you have to open to strange and fantastical things—such as a poetry-writing squirrel. But it will definitely be a fun ride. To read the rest of my review, go here: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2017/02/flora-and-ulysses-kate-dicamillo.html
Anonymous 14 days ago
Flora is a natural born cynic. She loves to read comic books and memorized the advice from Terrible Thing Can Happen To You. Ulysses is a squirrel who gets superpowers. He got his superpowers buy getting sucked by a vacuum cleaner. That's where the journey begins. Flora's mother had a desire to kill Ulysses, but Flora finds out. Her mom kidnaps Ulysses and Flora puts a team together and searches for him. Eventually they all got back together and Flora forgives her mom . I thought this book was good because it was interesting and unique. I thought the book was sometimes confusing from time to time. I also liked how there were pictures that go along with the story and it makes the story more clear. I would recommend this book to people who like a fun and a bizarre books.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Flora and Ulysses is hilariously captivating. It lets a reader with a big imagination enjoy it very easily. I recommend this book for people who need a laugh and like cute and random adventures.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Awesome book a squirll gets sucked up a vacumm and gains cool powers! Really fun and very funny
Anonymous 5 months ago
Good