Because of Winn-Dixie

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Candlewick Press, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 182 pages
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Kate DiCamillo's beloved, best-selling story is now one of the biggest family movie events of 2005--celebrate with this irresistible movie tie-in!
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 you like a sudden storm. Now available in a delightful tie-in edition, here is the original Newbery Honor-winning book that inspired the major motion picture.
BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE film artwork copyright 2005 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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The writing is easy to read and understand. - Goodreads
The ending twisted around I would of never expected it! - Goodreads
cute kid's book, nice insights - Goodreads
The real gift of this book is in the storytelling. - Goodreads
Really good writing and character development. - Goodreads
DiCamillo's writing will make you laugh and cry. - Goodreads
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I love this book it teaches about friendship and love that a bog or cat or any animal you still can be friends opal learns that even people that you don't like they will come around it jus a GREAT book you should really read it then see the movie they are a little a like some thing are not the same but still you will love it is a little long but it will teach you a lot about friendship and care for each other and, that sad thing bring good things! 10 out of 10 

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This is a wonderful story of loss, loneliness, acts of kindness, and friendship. When Winn-Dixie, a mongrel dog, enters the life of ten-year-old India Opal Buloni, not only is HER life transformed but also that of others, both young and old, in the little town of Naomi, Florida. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Kate DiCamillo says of writing BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, "I was living in an apartment where no dogs were allowed. As a result, I was suffering from a serious case of 'dog withdrawal.' One night, before I went to sleep, I heard this little girl's voice (with a Southern accent) say, 'I have a dog named Winn-Dixie.' When I woke up the next morning, the voice was still talking, and I started writing down what India Opal Buloni was telling me. The book is (I hope) a hymn of praise to dogs, friendship, and the South.