Because of Winn Dixie

Deep sadness lingers in India Opal’s heart from her alcoholic mother’s abandonment, but with the help of a loveable mutt and unlikely friends, Opal finds healing and happiness.

Because of Winn Dixie was a treat to read, and made a perfect “just before bed” read aloud. We laughed heartily at Winn Dixie’s antics, and enjoyed all the colorful characters. The writing is smooth, and the hurt and misfortunes that alcoholism can cause was presented in a sensitive way. Boys and girls of all ages will enjoy this heartwarming story. Can’t say the same for the movie – we saw it shortly after reading the book, and unfortunately the charm was completely lost. What a snoozer. Because of Winn Dixie was Kate DiCamillo’s debut novel, earning her a Newbery honor.

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