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Because of Winn-Dixie, a big, ugly, happy dog, 10-year-old Opal learns 10 things about her long-gone mother from her preacher father. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends among the somewhat unusual residents of her new hometown, Naomi, Florida. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to find her place in the world and let go of some of the sadness left by her mother's abandonment seven years earlier.
With her newly adopted, goofy pooch at her side, Opal explores her bittersweet world and learns to listen to other people's lives. This warm and winning book hosts an unforgettable cast of characters, including a librarian who fought off a bear with a copy of War and Peace, an ex-con pet-store clerk who plays sweet music to his animal charges, and the neighborhood "witch," a nearly blind woman who sees with her heart. Part Frankie (The Member of the Wedding), part Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird), Opal brings her own unique and wonderful voice to a story of friendship, loneliness, and acceptance. Opal's down-home charm and dead-on honesty will earn her friends and fans far beyond the confines of Naomi, Florida. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Through the love she gains from her new pet, a girl gains the courage to ask her father about the mother who abandoned them. "In this exquisitely crafted first novel [a Newbery Honor book], each chapter possesses an arc of its own and reads almost like a short story in its completeness," said PW in our Best Books of 2000 citation. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Editorial Reviews
I purchased this book for my daughter as a special surprise for making good grades. It is her FAVORITE they read it in class and she came home everyday talking about it. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by tlanda
I think that that Winn-Dixie was a awesome book. But I cant give it a 5 star because not all books are the best in the world. The book is a really good book . Read morePublished 3 days ago by cody
I love this book we read this book at my school and we all loved it. GOOD JOB KATE DICAMILLO!!!!Published 3 days ago by Nick theisler
Perfect children's story. My 3rd grader told me that he read this book in school and thought that I would like it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Stephen Holt
Ten-year-old Opal has just moved to a new town with her preacher father. She's sad at having left her friends behind; and now that she's getting older, she's missing her mother... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Joanna M