Author(s): Kate DiCamillo; K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
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 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.
Winner Newbery Medal 2014
'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)
Eccentric characters, snappy prose and the fantastical plot give this delightful novel a giddy, over-the-top patina, but the core is big and hopeful, contemplative and bursting with heart. No small feat, even for a superhero like DiCamillo.'--Shelf Awareness
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.