|Kate DiCamillo. K.G. Campbell, illus.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||251 / 2015|
A young cynic meets an unlikely superhero in this second Newbery Medal winner from the author of The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie, and the Mercy Watson series, for readers 8 to 11. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences, when Flora Belle Buckman pulls a bedraggled squirrel out of a runaway yard vacuum and gives him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. This squirrel, soon to be dubbed Ulysses, comes back to life—but with super strength, the ability to fly, and a knack for mistyped poetry. Kate DiCamillo's redemptive, laugh-out-loud story is interspersed with comic book pages starring Ulysses, irresistibly rendered in K.G. Campbell's shaded pencil drawings.