Karuna Jaggar, who runs a breast cancer organization, expresses her concerns about the impact of large-scale fundraising walks.
Kate DiCamillo is the Newbery Medal winner for “The Tale of Despereaux,” the story of an adventurous mouse. Now, in her new new book “Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” DiCamillo gives us Flora, a 10-year-old girl who loves to read comic books.
Flora discovers what she believes is a real-life superhero when a squirrel is vacuumed up in her neighbor’s front yard and emerges with greater strength, the ability to fly and the urge to write poetry.
Kate adopts the squirrel, who she names Ulysses after the vacuum cleaner that almost killed him, but keeping him out of trouble proves to be a challenge.
Kate DiCamillo tells Here & Now that she sees aspects of herself in both of her protagonists.
“Flora Belle Buchman is very much me. But also the squirrel is very much me, because I’m hopeful, and in the words of E.B. White I also love the world. And I’m always hungry.”
DiCamillo also answers a couple of questions from reader Liliana Lines from Brookline, Mass.
Throughout the week, Here & Now is looking at the impact a raise in the minimum wage would have on states, the federal government and workers.