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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; DiCamillo’s 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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If you have a voracious young book-lover in the family, you know that the appetite for new books is bottomless. Here are our 10 favorite books of 2013 for small children, middle readers and young adults. -- SONJA BOLLE