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10. "Flora & Ulysses:The Illuminated Adventures" Kate DiCamillo,
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10. "Flora & Ulysses:The Illuminated Adventures" Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell, ages 8-12

The ever-inventive DiCamillo offers her own quirky take on comic-book fandom. In a story that dips in and out of graphic-novel format, we meet a squirrel whose ability to fly is his very least superpower; DiCamillos playful sense of language will persuade readers that his ability to write poetry is his greatest talent. Holy bagumba! the reader will learn to say, and Holy unanticipated occurrences! (Candlewick, $17.99)(Credit: Handout)

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