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Because of Winn-Dixie

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  142,910 Ratings  ·  5,569 Reviews
One summer day, Opal goes into a supermarket and comes out with a scraggly dog that she names Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, her preacher father finally tells her ten things about her absentee mother, and Opal makes lots of unusual friends in her quirky Florida town. And because of Winn-Dixie, Opal grows to learn that friendship -- and forgiveness -- can sneak up on yo ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published August 6th 2001 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Amariah Dixon Yes. It's very good and sweet. It's my most favorite one by her.
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Mar 22, 2016 Brina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the year that I have discovered young adult and middle grade fiction as a genre full of quality books. Always looking for wholesome books for my kids, I saw this book on a few friends' feeds, and it happened to be at the library the last time I went.
Because of Winn-Dixie is Kate DeCamillo's Newberry Award winning debut novel. It features ten year old India Opal Buloni who has just moved from Watley to Naomi, Florida with her father the Preacher. Lonely for the last seven years s
Sep 01, 2015 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because of Winn-Dixie is such a beautiful and enchanting book. I loved reading this with my daughter. I am glad she was a little bit older when we read it (I think she was about 8) as it may have been a little heavy for her if she had been much younger. Although it I guess it depends on the child.

Young Opal has just moved to Florida with her father (a preacher) and is lonely for her mother who left the family seven years before. On a trip to the supermarket (Winn-Dixie) she rescues a dog getting
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 30, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers and children of all ages
Opal Buloni goes to the Winn-Dixie store, and comes home with a big scraggly dog she claimed on impulse. Because of this dog, now named Winn-Dixie, she meets her new neighbors in the Florida town she now lives in. Nothing bad happens to the dog. Let me repeat: Nothing bad happens to the dog.
This book is carefully balanced with dark and light. It could so easily have been one of those syrupy, sweet stories with charmingly eccentric townspeople spouting folk wisdom, and the dog bringing everyone t
Oct 22, 2008 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Matt
Recommended to Paula by: Lauren
My friend Lauren read this to her elementary school kids last year -one day she read it to them aloud for an hour and a half! This is especially remarkable considering the usual behavior of her students (which is NOT sitting still, listening, and engaging in meaningful ways).

The story is well told in the ten-year old main character's voice. I'm sure this makes it attractive and understandable to young readers (or listeners). And easy for them to relate to.

The book does a good job of opening up
Jan 24, 2016 Kandice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never had any interest in reading this book or seeing the movie. Imagine my surprise when the library movie/book group I belong to chose this at the one meeting I miss! I am so happy they did! I’m no stranger to YA or children’s literature so don’t know what my reluctance was about. I think I imagined sap, sap, more sap and side of sap. This was NOT sappy!

The story reminded me quite a bit of Billie Letts writing. People in the world are weird, quirky, unique and wonderful. The more people
Jan 15, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, read2012
This is the first book my 8-year-old son was reading and said to me, "This book is really good, Mommy. I think you would like it. You should read it."

So. I'm reading it. :)


Someone called Kate DiCamillo's writing enchanting. I think enchanting fits perfectly.
This book captured childhood so beautifully. Loved all the characters and the sweet message of friendship. I have read several of Kate DiCamillo's books and have loved every single one; but I'd have to say this one is my favorite!
Feb 29, 2008 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The talented author of this book is, Kate Dicamillo and the genre of this great book is Adventure.

Ople is the main character of this adventurious story. She is a lonley girl now, she wasnt before she had too move to this dreded town. Now she is veary alone and when she gose to the grocery store she will fine a veary hyper friend.

when Ople arrives at the grocery store she is finding all the employies are freaking out and chasing after someone or something. Ople is getting veary curious and she lo
Before GR, I used to think children's books were just for children. How off base was that? This is a lovely story that will make you laugh and cry. There are universal themes of love, friendship and family, and the love of a pet. I really think author Kate DiCamillo is special, as I've loved three of her books, all written for children. It takes a special gift to be able to appeal equally to kids and adults, and she has it.

Don't pass this one by because it's a kid's book. You'd be missing out.
Mar 30, 2016 Reese rated it it was amazing
I'm an old lady, and I just read another "book for kids" -- and not out loud to a kid. Don't scratch your head; it makes me think you have fleas. Anyway, election-related articles and the books I've been reading "drove" me to pull a young readers' book off of a to-read shelf. No, I haven't abandoned the "currently-reading" books shown on my profile page; in fact, I opened Because of Winn-Dixie because I want to keep them from winding up on the stopped-before-the-end shelf. Bring on the kids, and ...more
Mar 30, 2009 Audra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is just a beautiful book. If you love dogs, if you love children, and if you have any appreciation for the power of love (and dogs) in healing hearts and relationships, then this is a book for you. The writing is great and the story is captivating. This is sort of like "Fried Green Tomatoes" meets "The Sandlot" meets "Snoopy." If you don't love it, I'll eat my hat.
Aug 15, 2015 Kristie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, childrens
What a great children's book. Really enjoyed this one.
Lisa Kay
Didn’t realize this was a Juvenile book when I got the audio from the library for a challenge on “Southern Belles” -- but I’m glad I listened to tale of a motherless preacher’s daughter who adopts a big mangy dog. Loved this short story and Cherry Jones' narration is wonderful. She is so good, I may even listen to it again!

Update: I did lisen to it twice - it was that good.
I have read Because of Winn Dixie quite a few times. I will always love it. There's just something so comforting about the story. For me it's one of those rare stories that breathes and lives -- it's just so wonderful.

re-read from 10/29/2015 - 11/1/2015
Jul 19, 2013 Ensiform rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
India Opal Buloni (DiCamillo has a fondness for zany names), a preacher’s daughter newly arrived in town, has trouble dealing with the empty space left by her mother, who left the family seven years previously. One day she adopts a stray dog she finds making trouble in a Winn-Dixie. Having an overly attached, inquisitive dog puts India in new situations which lead her to meet some interesting townsfolk, like the good-natured old librarian with plenty of stories, a woman rumored to be a witch (an ...more
Jan 08, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Before reading Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie, I had heard many positive things about the book, and not just from adults. This alone is the mark of a book that has made a significant contribution to American literature for children, when children themselves recommend it! Through the guidance of a very loveable dog, India Opal Buloni learns many lessons about people: not to judge them by appearance, how to love and care for them, how to befriend them, and how to draw them together. DiCami ...more
Cait Grace
Aw, that was just so DAAAAANG adorable. I just want to hold this book and talk with an American TWAAAAANG. (You totally need to read this with a Southern accent, got it? Which is hilarious, really, considering I'm an Aussie and my "southern accent" probably sounds like a frog getting murdered. But whatever.) I absolutely had to read this because I adore the movie. I'm really surprised how similiar they were. They movie basically followed the plot line-for-line. Awesome!

So the whole time I had
Jun 20, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-ya, classic
Because of Winn-Dixie is about a girl who has moved to a new town during the summer. It's hard to make friends when you move, and its even harder when you move when school's out. But when she adopts a stray dog, who she christens Winn-Dixie, she finds it a little easier to reach out to people. She begins to make friends with many people and realizes that other people in the town have their own sadness and need friends too.

This is a very sweet book, but it is also very simple. There are a lot of
I read this today because my daughter had to read it for a summer assignment for school. Obviously it was a quick read since it is a middle school chapter book but the story was so sweet. I just fell in love Opal, her father, and Winn Dixie. The stories her father told were just the right thing for a middle schooler to read about to discuss the topic of why a mother abandons her child. I highly recommend this book to you and your kids. Its a nice book to read together and discuss. I think it wou ...more
Brian Phillips
Oct 09, 2011 Brian Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a GREAT book! I think that it would be best used in a classroom that goes all the way up to high school. It has a moral that is great for young kids to read and maybe even learn about themselves as well as others after reading it. When kids see how hard it was for Opal moving and not having any friends and being so lonely that see befriends a stray dog I think that after reading this book it will help kids maybe look at other people in their lives and maybe see someone who is not as popu ...more
Rebecca McNutt
May 08, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because of Winn-Dixie is a memorable little novel about growing up, finding friendship from the most unlikely people and living in a small town. Not only was this book nostalgic as it goes over Opal's summer in her new neighborhood, but the bond between her and Winn-Dixie shines through on every page. This book is definitely a wonderful novel for younger readers, but readers of any age can enjoy it.
Oh, Winn-Dixie. Anyone who's ever had a really friendly dog, especially a really friendly ugly mutt, will tell you that every outlandish and wonderful thing that happens in the book is totally possible. Well, maybe not, but having a good dog is great and Winn-Dixie is just who Opal needs to kick-start her new life in a new town. The preacher is too busy with his new church to be Opal's best friend until school starts in the fall, and Opal's mother is gone and has been for a while. The preacher d ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Abigale
At the library, we made a list of our top 10 favorite books, and they were made into bookmarks for our patrons to keep track of what the staff at the library likes to read. I gave my good friend Abby my bookmark because she wanted to read them, so she made me a list of her own. Because of Winn-Dixie was on her list.

I'm almost positive I've read this book before, or at least I owned it when I was younger. I knew it was about a dog, and I knew the dog was named after a grocery store, but I really
Jul 09, 2015 kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How special it is to stumble upon a book that, when you read it, you wonder how in the world you hadn't discovered it earlier? Because of Winn-Dixie is one of those books.

The sweet story of Opal Buloni and Winn-Dixie, the stray dog she befriends, plays out over a summer in Florida. DiCamillo tells an enchanting story from the viewpoint of a lonely little girl who discovers friendship, forgiveness, and love in the most unlikely people and places.

I highly recommend this book to children and adul
Mar 12, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-book
My currant book club book is called because of Winn Dexie. When I first read this book, I thought that this book was just about a girl and a dog and their adventure. But When I read it the second time, it seemed to me that all the character and story plot changed for a reason, and I tried my best to find it out. On the surface, Opal is just a normal girl who doesn't know how to make friends, and talk to her dad. When you think about it more, Opal is a very different and deep girl, who has a tend ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is very inspiring story. The main character India Opal learns to not judge a book by its cover. She feels so lonely because her dad is preoccupied and they had just moved to a new town in Florida. So she befriended a dog, who would be friendly to any new person it encountered, therefore it gave India Opal a chance to meet new people. As she meets these new people she realizes she isn't the only one with a lonely and sad past, all the other people do it. The trailer park owner i ...more
Mar 25, 2010 Zeek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
10 yr old Opal is sent to the grocery store by her father, the preacher, to pick up rice, two tomatoes and a box of mac N cheese. Instead she brings home Winn-Dixie- a big scruffy stray dog who caused trouble right in the middle of the vegetable isle of the Winn-Dixie supermarket- (hence Opal's impromptu naming of the dog.)

Because of Winn Dixie- is a perfect title for this brief book, because it's because of Winn-Dixie that so many things turn out okay for motherless Opal- from the making of fri
Pretty cute heartwarming story.
Minh Trang
Cảm ơn bạn Hà đã giới thiệu cho mình câu chuyện vô cùng giản dị nhưng cũng rất dễ thương này :))

Nhờ có chú chó hoang Winn-dixie mà cô bé Opal đã có thể làm được những điều trước nay cô bé chưa từng biết: có thêm những người bạn ở nơi ở mới, có một công việc làm thêm, và những cái nhìn mới về mọi người xung quanh mình. Đồng thời, cô bé cũng khám phá thêm được nhiều điều về chính bản thân mình, về những suy nghĩ nội tâm của cô gái nhỏ đang trong hành trình học cách lớn lên. Chú chó nhỏ như một vị
Andre moaney
Sep 11, 2007 Andre moaney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one
i love the book it very funny and also mind blowing it's to good to put down
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