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Flora & Ulysses

The Illuminated Adventures

DiCamillo, Kate

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Flora & Ulysses
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Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 076366040X
9780763660406
Branch Call Number: J FIC D
Characteristics: 231 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Campbell, K. G. (Keith Gordon), 1966-

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Newbury award winning tale of a girl and her squirrel - who gains super squirrel powers after being sucked up by a vacuum.


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Aug 18, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“George… we have a problem. Your daughter has become emotionally attached to a diseased squirrel.”

Aug 18, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“… the torturing of dogs was the one reliable pleasure of a squirrel’s existence.”

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Aug 18, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It’s written for the 9-12 year-olds of the world but is much sillier and sweeter than much of what DiCamillo has done before. Helped in no small part by K.C. Campbell’s perfectly placed illustrations, Flora and Ulysses does precisely what I always want in a book. It lures you in with the ridiculous and then when you least expect it gets you in the gut with a bolt of pure, uncut, unadulterated meaning. Rare fare.

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Aug 18, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Aug 18, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It all began with a vacuum cleaner. Not just any vacuum cleaner, mind you, but a Ulysses Super-Suction, Multi-Terrain 2000X. One minute Mrs. Tickham is being dragged through her yard by a piece of cleaning equipment that clearly has a mind of its own, and the next she’s vacuumed up a live squirrel. Flora, child cynic and lover of all this comic book related, witnesses the event and when she runs to the squirrel finds that not only is it all right, it is imbued with superpowers. The squirrel, now dubbed Ulysses, is truly an extraordinary creature. It can leap tall buildings with a single bound (and fly!). It has super strength. And best of all, it can write poetry. Flora is convinced that Ulysses is a superhero, and it’s up to her to help him fulfill his destiny and protect him from his nemesis. Trouble is, how do you tell who a true nemesis is? And what if it turns out to be someone close to home?

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