Kate DiCamillo’s “Flora & Ulysses,” a superhero tale featuring a mighty squirrel, has won the Newbery Medal for the year’s best work of children’s literature. Brian Floca won the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in “Locomotive,” his story about the early years of train travel.
The awards, the most prestigious in children’s publishing, were announced Monday by the American Library Association.
DiCamillo won the Newbery a decade ago for “The Tale of Despereaux.”
Like “Despereaux,” “Flora & Ulysses” features a girl and an exceptional rodent. Flora, 10, befriends a squirrel that has been sucked up by a vacuum cleaner. She soon discovers that the squirrel, whom she names Ulysses, has superpowers. Flora is certain adventures will follow.
— Associated Press