DiCamillo, Kate Flora and Ulysses, 233 pgs. 2013 Candlewick Press $17.99. Language: G (0 swears); Violence: PG; Mature Content: G.
10-year-old Flora rescues a squirrel who has had a run-in with a vacuum, only to find that now the squirrel has super powers. She names him Ulysses, takes him home and hopes that the squirrel, like her comic-book hero Incandesto, can save the day. But when her mother thinks Ulysses is sick, Flora has to be the hero and save her new friend.
This 2014 Newbery Award winner, beautifully illustrated by K.G. Campbell is delightfully funny with a terrific cast of characters. Flora is a spunky girl who is brave, capable and loyal. This book will be a great read-aloud for younger elementary, and enjoyed as an independent read through middle school. EL, MS - ESSENTIAL - -Lisa Librarian