Because of Winn Dixie

Opal with Winn Dixie

Original Artwork by ThinkQuest Team

Written by Kate Dicamillo

Learn more about Kate Dicamillo at http://www.katedicamillo.com.

Because of Winn Dixie tells the story of ten-year old Opal. She has just moved to Naomi, Florida with her preacher father. On an errand to the grocery store Opal finds a large, ugly, homeless dog. Opal is immediately attached to the dog whom she names Winn Dixie after the grocery store where she finds him. Together they make friends with Otis, an ex-convict who runs the local pet store; Miss Fanny, the librarian who has a desk full of "Litmus Lozenges" a type of candy which her great grandfather invented; and Gloria Dump, the lady the local children think of as a witch because of her jungle-like yard. This book will make you laugh as Opal and Winn Dixie make friends with these very likable characters in this small southern town.

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Reading Level 4.0

AR Points 4.0

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Awards
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Newbery Honor Book, 2001

A New York Times Bestseller

An ALA Notable Children's Book

A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon

A New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

A Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner

A Publishers Weekly Best book of the Year

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

A Smithsonian Best Book

Josette Frank Award from the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education

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