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Because of Winn-Dixie

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  219,119 ratings  ·  9,522 reviews
Kate DiCamillo's beloved, best-selling debut novel is now available in a paperback digest edition.

Kate DiCamillo's first published novel, like Winn-Dixie himself, immediately proved to be a keeper—a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor winner, the inspiration for a popular film, and most especially, a cherished classic that touches the hearts of readers of all ages.
Paperback, 182 pages
Published August 6th 2001 by Candlewick Press (first published March 1st 2000)
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Jack Last This book is amazing, I read it in the 4th grade and I hope to re-read it again sometime soon. It's one of my favorites, and if you haven't read it I …moreThis book is amazing, I read it in the 4th grade and I hope to re-read it again sometime soon. It's one of my favorites, and if you haven't read it I recommend you check it out.(less)
Ember Fire Goddess YT It was the book that made me love reading, I haven't read it in years so I don't remember much of it. Though it is amazing!
It was the book that made me love reading, I haven't read it in years so I don't remember much of it. Though it is amazing!

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[Book #1 for my grad school Children's Lit class] ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
India Opal and her father, the preacher, have moved from Watley to Naomi, Florida. Opal had to leave all her friends behind and she’s adapting to living in a new place. Her mother has abandoned her and she’s feeling very sad and lonely. Her father preaches at a church he opened that was previously a convenience store. He works too much and he struggles to move forward as he misses Opal’s mom so much. Opal wishes she had a better relationship with him. She hasn’t found very many new friends yet. ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A children's book I read for a Challenge and what a treat it was! Beautifully written, delightful characters, a bittersweet story. No wonder it won awards.

The Winn-Dixie of the title is big sook of a stray dog who comes into 10 year old Opal's life at a time when she needs a friend. Her mother is gone, her father works too hard, they have just arrived in a new town and she has no one. Winn-Dixie however is great at making friends and over the course of the book Opal's life turns around.

Of course
Ahmad Sharabiani
Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
A 10-year-old girl named "India Opal Bulloni", has just moved to a trailer park, in the small town of Naomi, Florida, with her father who is known as "The Preacher", because he preaches at the local church. While in the supermarket, Opal sees a scruffy dog, wrecking the store. Opal decides to take him home. Miss Franny Block, a librarian, shares great stories about her past, including one about her great-grandfather, whose family members died while he was fig
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's not difficult to see why this beautiful book has won numerous awards. After reading a few friends' reviews for this book I simply knew I had to read it and I'm so glad I did.

This is a heartwarming tale of a young girl named Opal who lives with her father. Growing up without her mother has not been easy for Opal and she's been feeling a sense of loneliness through her childhood. But that's all about to change the day she comes across a dog who appears just as lost and lonely as Opal does. O
Fred Shaw
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Because of Winn-Dixie” is an uplifting novella that made me laugh out loud while enjoying the read. Winn-Dixie is a supermarket chain located throughout southeastern US. India Opal, a girl of ten or so, goes into one of the stores to buy a few things, and comes out with a mangy, smelly large dog. He got inside the store somehow and created havoc, knocking over produce stands, and had all the store people chasing him. So Opal adopted the dog, took him home, cleaned him up and named him “Winn-Dix ...more
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My friend, who is a special education teacher, told me about this book many years ago. I just realized I had never read it, so I looked up the eBook and read it start to finish. It is, indeed, an absolutely wonderful story about loneliness and loss and love, about friends and hope and belief, about not judging and helping and being real. This is a book for everyone, especially if you moved to a strange place and didn't know if you'd ever have friends, or if you lost someone, or if you loved or l ...more
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Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Because of Winn Dixie was a story about eever lasting friendship but not with a person and a person but with a little girl and her dog. Its not easy living withouta mother now is it? Imagine yourself without your mother in your life... Okay now imagine being raised by a preacher... We have the picture of a motherless preachers daughter and that is what are main character Indian Opel is.... Or we can call her Opal for short.

Opal was in the grocery store buying groceries for the preacher whenever
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lisa Vegan, Hilary and anyone else who loves a heartwarming read with animals in a key role
Second read in 2018:

In my opinion, this is a modern classic. A heartwarming read about a pre-teen girl in a small town in Florida, living with her dad. She is growing up without a mom and has recently moved to a new town and feels a little lost.

This is a powerful read about family, community, love, friendship, loss, and a wonderful dog who ties it all together. It will make you laugh and cry. Please give this book a try. I promise it will touch your heart. The audio and book, six stars each. Ye
This is a short novel but it contains a lot of reflection on grief, pain and friendship. It reminded me in some ways of To Kill a Mockingbird. In both cases, a father is left to take care of his child(ren) without the help of a mother. And in both cases, a young girl, observant but not omniscient, grapples with problems and mysteries much bigger than she is, and gradually works her way toward a solution. The dog, Winn-Dixie, who is bigger than life and twice as goofy, is not so much the main cha ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 peop
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the text and listened to the audio again. In the first time, I listened to the audio in 0,8 velocity, but now I listened to it in 1,2 to training and improving my English. (January 23, 2019)
I read this book in just one sitting listening to the Scribd's audio. This story is sweet, heartbreaking and heart-wrenching. (January 6, 2019)
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church-library
This was a pretty good story about a young girl named Opal who adopts a dog named Winn-Dixie who changes her life and the lives of others. If you like these types of stories, be sure to check this out at your local library and wherever books are sold.
Henry Martin
Kate DiCamillo has a way with words. Yes, she does. I must admit that I'm in love with her writing style, and that I have read all of her works.

Some of her books are really funny, like the Marcy Watson series (hey, even a serious reader has to laugh sometime), but the majority of her novel-length works are way too serious to be written off as children's literature.

Yes, the are, undoubtedly, children's themes. But not childish themes. A few years ago I had reviewed her Miraculous Journey of Edw
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book will charm you to your toenails whether or not your daddy is a preacher, you live in a small Southern town, or your dog sneezes when he smiles and is named for a supermarket chain. BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE follows newcomer Opal Buloni as she acquires a ratty, smelly mutt in the aisles of the eponymous grocery store, grooms him, and loves him. The dog loves her back and her minister father too. Before you know it, Opal is going all over town, making friends, finding part-time work, even cu ...more
Tamar...light at the end of the tunnel?
Because of Winn-Dixie is a beautiful children’s novel by Kate DiCamillo. I listened to the audio today after reading a lovely review by GR Friend Mischenko. The story is heartwarming. Young Opal and her father, the Preacher, move from one small town in Florida to another. Opal’s mother deserted the two of them a few years earlier and both father and daughter miss her deeply. The Preacher is busy from morning to night with his sermons and other religious duties and Opal is lonely, new in town, wi ...more
Jenny Bunting
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
All the feels. All of them.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
For some reason, I never added this childhood favorite to my Goodreads? Silly me. I read this so many times during elementary and loved it so.

Fall2019—2020- Currently reading it in Korean to learn new vocabulary. :)
Sep 10, 2007 rated it liked it
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
C.G. Drews
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
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book. There were a lot of beautiful messages in this story, important to read as a child but just as important to be reminded of as an adult. I can't really say what they were without giving away the plot, but they were conveyed in a really nice, natural way. ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, fiction
What a great children's book. Really enjoyed this one. ...more
”Just about everything that happened to me that summer happened because of Winn-Dixie.”

I’ll admit right here and now that I’m not a dog person. Never have been and never will be. I think Chihuahuas are Satan’s minions, I can’t stand Boston terriers (long story on that one), and I’m extremely terrified of large dogs. I’m such a teeny tiny person and dogs are notorious for being excited to see someone that they tend to charge at you like a bull running down the streets of Seville. And once the
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
[Read four times: 6/18/13, 9/15/16, 9/22/17, 9/24/19]

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
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