Kate DiCamillo’s ‘Flora & Ulysses’ wins Newbery Medal

”Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
January 27, 2014

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.

Newbery runners-up, called honor books, were “Doll Bones” by Holly Black, “The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes, “One Came Home” by Amy Timberlake and “Paperboy” by Vince Vawter.

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.

DiCamillo also won the Newbery a decade ago for ”The Tale of Despereaux.” (From Kate DiCamillo)

Associated Press

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