July 30, 2013 at 06:13 PM EDT

Newbery Medal-winner Kate DiCamillo’s (The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie) new book is almost here… and this one involves a superhero squirrel.

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures tells the story of a squirrel (Ulysses) that never saw the vaccum cleaner coming. Luckily, cynical Flora Belle Buckman steps in to save him from a rather tragic death. What neither can predict is that squirrel Ulysses has been born anew, with powers of strength and flight — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope.

“I set out to tell the story of a vacuum cleaner and a squirrel,” DiCamillo said in a release. “I ended up writing a book about superheroes, cynics, poetry, love, giant donuts, little shepherdess lamps, and how we are all working to find our way home. Seal blubber!”

Check out the exclusive book trailer below:

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures will be released September 24.

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