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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.
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I read this with my granddaughter over the summer and really enjoyed it. A must read for anyone who has elementary school aged children.Published 3 days ago by Mary Fetherston
I've always loved this book! Kate's story is tight, characters are well-exposed and the writing is thoroughly masterful! This one's always been a favorite of mine!Published 4 days ago by Gael S. Lynch
My 6 year old and 9 year old enjoyed this book. From a parents point of view...I'm on the fence about how I feel about it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Beth
This summer, my mom and I read the Amazing book, Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate D'Camillo . The book was a cliff hanger and we always wanted to keep reading. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Grace Hendershot
Kate DiCamillo is an excellent writer of children's material. Her books are also fun for adults to read. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Shal Biacsi
Very nice book. We read as a class last year and did many auxiliary activities based on it. I ordered another book by same author for my class this year.Published 12 days ago by T.M. Dasi