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Because of Winn-Dixie

on March 28, 2013

JF DiCamillo    •    AR Reading Level: 3.9    •    AR Points: 3.0    •    Quiz #39557


India Opal Buloni is a preacher’s daughter.  She and her father just moved to a Naomi, Florida.  Opal doesn’t know anyone in this new town.  She is lonely.  Opal won’t be lonely for long.  A simple trip to the grocery store is about to change her life forever, because at the store she rescues a great big, mangy dog with a loveable, goofy smile that charms everyone he meets.  She names her new dog Winn-Dixie.  Winn-Dixie opens up Opals world.  Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal is not alone anymore.  With Winn-Dixie’s help, Opal meets a host of friends to fill her world!

This brief description gives a general overview of the story, but it falls far short of conveying the depth of this simple story.  Because of Winn-Dixie is a book that will touch the heart of anyone who has ever felt lonely or sad.  It is absolutely beautifully written.  Kate DiCamillo has created a town full of unique and memorable characters each with their own sadness. This is not a story driven book.  There is not a lot of action.  It is all about the characters in this story.  This book is highly recommended for readers looking for a genuinely touching story.

Interest Level: grades 4-8

2001 Newbery Honor Book

DiCamillo, K. (2000). Because of Winn-Dixie. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.


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