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‘Flora & Ulysses’ by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s newest book, the semi-graphic, madcap “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,’’ is that rarest of all treasures, a truly inventive and appealing children’s middle-grade novel.

Readers likely know DiCamillo’s work: her Newbery Medal-winning “The Tales of Despereaux’'; the Newbery Honor novel, “Because of Winn-Dixie,’’ as well as her popular porcine Mercy Watson series. But “Flora & Ulysses’’ (already long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature) is light years ahead of these.

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