Article Title

Because of Winn-Dixie


Sydnee Burr


Outstanding, Primary, Intermediate, Kate DiCamillo, Dogs, Single Parent, Florida, Summer

Document Type

Book Review


10-year-old Opal is lonely. She doesn't have a mom, and her busy, preacher father just moved her from home to a new plot of trailer park in Florida. However, everything changes for Opal when she spontaneously adopts a big, ugly, dirty dog. This messy dog was making a ruckus in the local grocery store, Winn-Dixie. The furious manager was looking for an owner to blame, when Opal claimed the dog was hers, and named it on the spot Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal stumbles into new friends and begins a journey of self-discovery, finally allowing herself to let go of some of her sadness.