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Author: Kate DiCamillo Narrator: Tara Sands Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9780449015148
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Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Much like its furry hero, this swiftly paced tale is full of bold leaps and surprising turns ...DiCamillo proves once again that ‘astonishments are hidden inside the most mundane being’ and gives us another fantastic story.”

    Washington Post

  • “Beautifully written...DiCamillo demonstrates she has storytelling power to spare.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A truly inventive and appealing children’s middle-grade novel.”

    Boston Globe

  • “In Flora and Ulysses, longtime fans will find a happy marriage of Mercy Watson’s warmth and wackiness and Edward Tulane’s gentle life lessons. In Flora, they will find a girl worth knowing and one they will remember.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Full of Ms. DiCamillo’s dry, literate wit... [a] funny, eccentric novel.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Laugh-out-loud funny, tender, difficult, and hopeful all at once...Cynics beware, this book is meant for those open to joy, wonder, loyalty, and friendship of all stripes.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Despite supremely quirky characters and dialogue worthy of an SAT prep class, there’s real emotion at the heart of this story involving two kids who have been failed by the most important people in their lives: their parents.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Newbery–winner DiCamillo is a master storyteller not just because she creates characters who dance off the pages and plots, whether epic or small, that never fail to engage and delight readers. Her biggest strength is exposing the truths that open and heal the human heart. She believes in possibilities and forgiveness and teaches her audience that the salt of life can be cut with the right measure of love.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[An] original, touching, and oh-so-funny tale starring an endearingly implausible superhero and a not-so-cynical girl.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Rife with marvelously rich vocabulary reminiscent of the early superhero era (e.g., ‘Holy unanticipated occurrences!’) and amusing glimpses at the world from the point of view of Ulysses the supersquirrel, this book will appeal to a broad audience of sophisticated readers.”

    School Library Journal

  • Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
  • Selected for the Autumn 2013 Kids' Indie Next List: Top 10
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children, 2013
  • Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal

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About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is an American author of children’s fiction and twice winner of the Newbery Medal. Several of her books made the New York Times bestsellers list. Her debut novel, the award-winning Because of Winn-Dixie, was made into a major motion picture, and her book The Tiger Rising was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014 to 2015, appointed by the Library of Congress.

About the Narrator

Tara Sands is an American actress, television host, and voice talent who has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She is former cohost of Fridays on the Cartoon Network. In addition to performing in plays and musicals, her voice can be heard on numerous commercials, audiobooks, cartoons, and video games.