Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

FLORA AND ULYSSES, by Kate DiCamillo


The story: Flora is horrified when her neighbor, Tootie Tickham, accidentally sucks a squirrel into her vacuum cleaner. But things get even weirder when it turns out that the squirrel’s near-death experience has changed him–no longer is he just a food-seeking rodent. Now, he’s a thinking, feeling, poetry-writing food-seeking rodent. This is the story of Flora’s attempt to keep Ulysses safe from his arch-nemesis (also known as Flora’s mother). Good thing Flora’s read all those comic books so she knows exactly what to do…most of the time!

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Are you a fan of comic-book heroes and their adventures? Do you like cute little furry animals? If so, the adventures of Flora, her temporarily-blind friend William Spiver, and his wacky aunt Tootie Tickham might be just the story for you!


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