Kate DiCamillo is one of only six authors to win the Newbery Medal TWICE. Although her very popular book, Because of Winn-Dixie, didn’t win the Medal, it is a Newbery Honor Book and well worth reading!
Opal and her father have just moved to a small Florida town. Opal has very few acquaintances and no friends. She also has many questions about her mother who ran off years ago. Despite her challenges, Opal is a good little girl who tries very hard to be happy. One day she rescues a mangey dog from being sent to the pound. She names her new dog, Winn-Dixie, after the grocery store chain, and immediately Winn-Dixie begins to fill in all the lonely parts of Opal’s life and heart.
This is such a sweet story with some laugh out loud moments. It makes a wonderful read aloud. And don’t miss the film adaptation from 2005 starring a young AnnaSophia Robb and Jeff Daniels as her father.
Middle Grade Reading Level, 208 pages, Newbery Honor Book, Published in 2000.