Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

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Funny and poignant, this 2001 Newbery Honor novel captures life in a quirky Southern town as Opal and her mangy dog, Winn-Dixie, strike up friendships among the locals. (Ages 8 and up)

The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket--and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.

Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship--and forgiveness--can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.

Recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, here is a funny, poignant, and utterly genuine first novel from a major new talent.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2000.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763616052
Branch Call Number: j F DICAMILL
Characteristics: 182 pages ; 19 cm.


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VaughanPLDianeB Dec 16, 2018

Loved it! The themes of friendship, belonging, community, courage, love and forgiveness are skilfully presented through the adventures of a girl and her adopted dog.

lakevilla_IDOL Feb 15, 2014

Winn Dixie is a realy good adventure book about when a girl finds this dog in a store and absolutely loves him and her dad doesnt want her to keep him. She loves him to death and will never let him go.


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