Kate DiCamillo
Kate DiCamillo
Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses

Candlewick Press, 2013
ISBN 978-0-7636-6040-6

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 artist K. G. Campbell.

Awards and Honors

  • Newbery Medal
  • National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
  • ALA/CBC Building a Home Library List
  • Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award
  • ALSC Notable Children’s Book
  • ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth
  • Amazon Best Books Selection
  • Capitol Choices List of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
  • The Christopher Award, Books for Young People
  • Connecticut Nutmeg Children’s Book Award, Intermediate
  • E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, Middle Reader
  • Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize
  • Harringay Children’s Book Award
  • Indie Book Awards
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year
  • Lincolnshire Book Award
  • Maine Student Book Award
  • Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
  • Michigan Great Lakes Book Award
  • NYC Reads 365 Reading List
  • Parents’ Choice Award
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award
  • Texas Bluebonnet Master List
  • TriState Young Adult Review Group Books of Note
  • University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Collection Kerlan Award
  • Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award

Read the Reviews

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)