Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (2000)

Winn.jpgKate 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.  


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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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