Author of the Week – Kate DiCamillo

Author of the Week is a new feature on the Christchurch Kids Blog.  It’s where we’ll introduce you to some great authors whose books you’ll find in our libraries.  If you love the featured author and have read some of the books, we’d love to hear what you think.

Each of the author profiles comes from one of our really cool databases, called Novelist.  If you’re looking for some new books or authors you should really check it out.  Our first author of the week is Kate DiCamillo.

Versatile, award-winning American author Kate DiCamillo writes realistic fiction and fantasy stories for both older and younger kids. With both beautiful language and characters full of personality, her books — some stand-alones, some series — are infused with a sweet tone and threads of humor while not shying away from substantive themes. However, no matter what the story, DiCamillo weaves gentle humor throughout.

Here are just a few of Kate DiCamillo’s books that we have in the library:

Flora and Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

The Magician’s Elephant

When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.

Because of Winn-Dixie

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

The Tale of Despereaux

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

For more books by Kate DiCamillo or to find books and authors similar to her, check out Novelist.

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