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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 the Hardcover edition.
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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Every page of because of Winn-Dixie made me have a tear drop come out of my eye and splash on the floor. It makes me feel amazing because it brings family and friends tighter.Published 7 months ago by Valerie
Love this author for children's stories! She is able to capture their attention, their heart and take them on a journey where they can learn about love and loss.Published 7 months ago by Cindy Beverly
Great story about loss and how things in life don't always turn out the way we may want to. However, I would warn parents that they should expect some serious questions from their... Read morePublished 8 months ago by book worm
I read this book in less than 30 mins because it was very interesting and I didn't want to put it down!!!Published 22 months ago by Sarah Hafiz
The story was very touching, about a bond between girl and a dog.There are many strange characters such as Gloria Dump,Otis and Miss.Franny. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2011 by KayKat
My friend bought this book form the last book order, and I borrowed it awhile ago. It teaches that no matter how old you are, you can still be friends, no matter what you are. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2006 by Stitch
I am an elementary teacher and I ordered this book, just to have an idea of what my students may be reading. I could not put it down. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Shannon
I read this book twice, now but it still never goes old. I read it again for summer reading and I actually read the whole book in a day, and forgot how much I loved this story! Read morePublished on June 21 2004