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Aargh….! What happened in the 2000X vacuum!!?

Adapted from the Horn Book Guide Review:

Ten-year-old Flora Belle Buckman’s life changes when she resuscitates a squirrel after his near-death experience with her neighbor’s Ulysses 2000X vacuum.

Flora discovers that the incident has caused the squirrel, whom she also names Ulysses, to acquire superpowers. There’s only one problem: Ulysses’s archnemesis, Flora’s self-absorbed, romance novel -writing, squirrel-hating mother.

Beneath the basic superhero-squirrel-friend plot, DiCamillo focuses on larger life issues such as loss and abandonment, acceptance of difference, loneliness, love, overcoming fears, and the complexity of relationships.

Ulysses loves to eat …just about anything; and there is a quirky supporting cast, including Flora’s absent-minded father, her eleven-year-old neighbor William Spiver, and his great-aunt, Tootie Tickham. This little girl and squirrel and their heartwarming tale could melt even the most hardened archnemesis’s heart. CYNTHIA K. RITTER

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo click on this link

Here’s the kicker: Come in and CHECK IT OUT or say “Ulysses!” and you will receive the book and a prize!

And the winners are…

The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced during the organization’s winter meeting in Philadelphia and selected by a national judging committee of librarians and children’s literature experts.

John Newbery Medal for “most outstanding contribution to children’s literature”

“Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,”written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the “most distinguished American picture book for children”

“Locomotive,” illustrated and written by Brian Floca

Coretta Scott King awards for an African-American author and illustrator

Author award: “P.S. Be Eleven,” written by Rita Williams-Garcia

Michael L. Printz Award for “excellence in literature written for young adults”

“Midwinterblood,” written by Marcus Sedgwick

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for informational books for children

“Parrots Over Puerto Rico,” written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore and illustrated by Susan L. Roth

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

“The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi,” written by Neal Bascomb

Odyssey Award for audiobooks

“Scowler,” produced by Listening Library, written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne

Andrew Carnegie Medal for children’s video

“Bink & Gollie: Two for One,” produced by Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly Ellard