"Flora & Ulysses" by Kate DiCamillo has been nominated for a National Book Award. The story is about a squirrel that becomes a superhero after being sucked into a vacuum.

Kate DiCamillo and Cynthia Kadohata were among 10 authors who made the longlist of finalists for the National Book Award.

DiCamillo and Kadohata were nominees in the young people’s literature category, announced Monday by the National Book Foundation, which presents the awards. On October 16, those nominees will be narrowed to five. The winner, who will receive $10,000, will be revealed at a November 20 ceremony.

Judges this year included writers, booksellers, journalists and librarians.

The young people’s category features several nominees who have won prizes before.

DiCamillo, known for her Newbery Award-winning “The Tale of Despereaux,” was nominated for “Flora & Ulysses,” a story about a squirrel turned superhero.

DiCamillo is best known for her Newbery Award-winning “The Tale of Despereaux.” (Evan Agostini/Associated Press)

Kadohata, a Newbery winner for “Kira-Kira,” was cited for “The Thing About Luck,” a book about siblings who spend the summer with their demanding and very old-fashioned grandparents.

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