Friday, July 31, 2015

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Notes: A girl named Flora and a squirrel named Ulysses, whose life was saved by Flora after he was involved in an incident with a vacuum cleaner, team up to use Ulysses' superpowers to conquer villains and protect the weak.

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.

Flora & Ulysses Website 

Click here to read an excerpt from Flora & Ulysses. 

Click here for a discussion guide for book groups. 

Click here for a Q&A with Kate DiCamillo. 

Click here for a teachers' guide full of discussion questions and classroom activities.