Because of Winn Dixie

Opal with Winn Dixie

Original Artwork by ThinkQuest Team

Written by Kate Dicamillo

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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.


Reading Level 4.0

AR Points 4.0



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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