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Because of Winn-Dixie is a children's novel written by Kate DiCamillo , which was published in , and was the winner of a Newbery Honor distinction the following year. In the U. A year-old girl named India Opal Buloni has just moved to a trailer park in the small town of Naomi, Florida, with her father who is known as The Preacher because he preaches at the local church. While in the supermarket, Opal sees a scruffy dog wrecking the store. Opal decides to take him home. Miss Franny Block, a librarian, shares great stories about her past including one about her great-grandfather, whose family members died while he was fighting for the South in the Civil War.
Even though it's a new place, ten-year-old Opal isn't digging it. She misses her friends, her home, and her mother who left her when she was a little girl. Life is pretty rotten. The lovable mutt falls in love with Opal and the preacher, they fall in love with him, and voila! Opal's summer suddenly takes a turn for the better. Thanks to Winn-Dixie's easygoing nature, he manages to introduce Opal to new friends in Naomi—the little old librarian, Miss Franny; the alleged witch, Gloria Dump; and the shy pet store worker, Otis. Opal spends each day swapping stories with these new friends, despite taunts from the neighborhood bully patrol.
by Kate DiCamillo
The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. India Opal Buloni is the ten year old protagonist of the story. She lives with her father whom she refers to as Preacher in a small town. Her mother left the two of them when Opal was three, Opal still yearns for her mother after all these years. She eagerly grasps onto any knowledge about her mother which she can learn and never stops hoping that one day they will be reunited.
T he author talks about dressing up her dog, becoming a writer, and why she wrote her first book , Because of Winn-Dixie:. When I was 5 years old, I moved with my mother and brother from Philadelphia to a small town in Florida. People talked more slowly there and said words I had never heard before, like "ain't" and "y'all" and "ma'am. Even if they didn't, they acted like they did. It was all so different from what I had known before, and I fell swiftly and madly in love.