Because Of Winn-dixie by Kate DiCamilloBecause Of Winn-dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Because Of Winn-dixie

byKate DiCamillo

Paperback | February 10, 2009

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Kate DiCamillo’s beloved, best-selling debut novel is now available in a paperback digest edition.

Kate DiCamillo’s first published novel, like Winn-Dixie himself, immediately
proved to be a keeper — a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor winner, the inspiration for a popular film, and most especially, a cherished classic that touches the hearts of readers of all ages. It’s now available in a paperback digest format certain to bring this tale’s magic to an even wider circle of fans.
Kate DiCamillo is the author of THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, which won the Newbery Medal; THE TIGER RISING, a National Book Award Finalist; THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, winner of a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award; six tales starring the inimitable Mercy Watson; and the NEW YOURK TIMES best-selling picture book GREAT JOY. She lives ...
Title:Because Of Winn-dixieFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.67 × 5.43 × 0.52 inPublished:February 10, 2009Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763644323

ISBN - 13:9780763644321

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A childhood favourite I loved this when I read it in elementary school and loved it just as much upon rereading it in my twenties.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fell in love from page one Bought this for my (then) young daughter and I found myself enjoying it just as much as she did. In fact, I read it over again by myself. A really unique book with tons of interesting characters...
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Reading!! No matter what age you are this is the perfect book to read!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Goodreads Author), Chris Sheban (Cover Illustration) Slightly sad, but heartwarming story of how a ten-year old girl copes with the abandonment of her mother -- combined with leaving her friends behind to move to a new town ... adjusting with a little help from a scamp of a dog.... her father (the Preacher)... and a motley crew of new friends....This book is carefully balanced with dark and light. It could so easily have been one of those syrupy, sweet stories with charmingly eccentric townspeople spouting folk wisdom, and the dog bringing everyone together at an ice cream social. But it's not. The town is only a bit twee. Opal's mother left her and her minister father. Gloria, one of the townspeople Opal meets, used to be a drunk. Still, a magical synergy of some kind brings everyone together as friends. Nothing bad happens to the dog. I love this book.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend! It's really insightful into the world of a single-parent, I also enjoyed it. When I was younger I had a hard time getting into books - i know! blasphemy! haha! But I do recommend this if you really want your kid to start reading more!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An insightful book on single-parent families Very touching story about a little girl's relationship with friends from different walks of life who help her understand and deal with the void in her heart created by a mother who walked away from her family.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winn-Dixi Winn Dixi is a great book. It has lots of describing words, ajectives, WOW words and best of all love!!! The characters are: Opal,the Preacher,dunlap and stevie,Miss franny,amanda,sweety pie and the witch and otis
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A touching tale "Because of Winn-Dixie" is very touching and portrays the pain of having a parent leave you. It's a very touching story that I've read at least five times. People who are fond of animals will be even fonder of this book.
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome I love it!! O
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting book This book I have read with my class and it gave me mixed emotions and was so interesting. The author did an awesome job writing this book.
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really heart-loving Book Omg I really love this book I even own one I have it rite now.I remember when I read this book I cried spittle bcuz she never knew who her mom wuz so tht wuz heartbreakin
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute and quick to read 3.5 stars Opal is 10-years old and finds a dog wreaking havoc in a grocery store in the small town she has just moved to. The dog doesn't look like he's in very good shape, so she feels badly for him and takes him home to see if her dad, a preacher, will let her keep him. The dog, Winn-Dixie, helps Opal make some new friends in town. This was cute. It wasn't as much about the dog as I'd hoped, and the parts with the dog were my favourite parts, but it was more about Opal making friends in her new town. It was an enjoyable kid's book, and super-fast to read.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK!!! This book was AMAZING!!! It was very funny and entertaining! I read it in one night! You should read it!!
Date published: 2010-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from delicious read for kids I loved loved this book! What a charming story. It has a Southern flavour not unlike To Kill a Mockingbird the heroine is endearing and Winn-Dixie himself will capture any heart. This Newberry winner is probably most appropriate for children in the Judy Blume and Beverley Cleary age group .....
Date published: 2005-02-26

Read from the Book

Chapter OneMy name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog. This is what happened: I walked into the produce section of the Winn-Dixie grocery store to pick out my two tomatoes and I almost bumped right into the store manager. He was standing there all red-faced, screaming and waving his arms around."Who let a dog in here?" he kept on shouting. "Who let a dirty dog in here?"At first, I didn’t see a dog. There were just a lot of vegetables rolling around on the floor, tomatoes and onions and green peppers. And there was what seemed like a whole army of Winn-Dixie employees running around waving their arms just the same way the store manager was waving his. And then the dog came running around the corner. He was a big dog. And ugly. And he looked like he was having a real good time. His tongue was hanging out and he was wagging his tail. He skidded to a stop and smiled right at me. I had never before in my life seen a dog smile, but that is what he did. He pulled back his lips and showed me all his teeth. Then he wagged his tail so hard that he knocked some oranges off a display, and they went rolling everywhere, mixing in with the tomatoes and onions and green peppers.The manager screamed, "Somebody grab that dog!"The dog went running over to the manager, wagging his tail and smiling. He stood up on his hind legs. You could tell that all he wanted to do was get face to face with the manager and thank him for the good time he was having in the produce department, but somehow he ended up knocking the manager over. And the manager must have been having a bad day, because lying there on the floor, right in front of everybody, he started to cry. The dog leaned over him, real concerned, and licked his face."Please," said the manager. "Somebody call the pound.""Wait a minute!" I hollered. "That’s my dog. Don’t call the pound."All the Winn-Dixie employees turned aroundand looked at me, and I knew I had done something big. And maybe stupid, too. But I couldn’t help it. I couldn’t let that dog go to the pound."Here, boy," I said. The dog stopped licking the manager’s face and put his ears up in the air and looked at me, like he was trying to remember where he knew me from."Here, boy," I said again. And then I figured that the dog was probably just like everybody else in the world, that he would want to get called by a name, only I didn’t know what his name was, so I just said the first thing that came into my head. I said, "Here, Winn-Dixie."And that dog came trotting over to me just like he had been doing it his whole life.The manager sat up and gave me a hard stare, like maybe I was making fun of him."It’s his name," I said. "Honest."The manager said, "Don’t you know not to bring a dog into a grocery store?""Yes sir," I told him. "He got in by mistake. I’m sorry. It won’t happen again."Come on, Winn-Dixie," I said to the dog. I started walking and he followed along behindme as I went out of the produce department and down the cereal aisle and past all the cashiers and out the door.Once we were safe outside, I checked him over real careful and he didn’t look that good. He was big, but skinny; you could see his ribs. And there were bald patches all over him, places where he didn’t have any fur at all. Mostly, he looked like a big piece of old brown carpet that had been left out in the rain."You’re a mess," I told him. "I bet you don’t belong to anybody."He smiled at me. He did that thing again, where he pulled back his lips and showed me his teeth. He smiled so big that it made him sneeze. It was like he was saying, "I know I’m a mess. Isn’t it funny?"It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with a dog who has a good sense of humor."Come on," I told him. "Let’s see what the preacher has to say about you."And the two of us, me and Winn-Dixie, started walking home.

Editorial Reviews

"Take one disarmingly engaging protagonist and put her in the company of a tenderly rendered canine and you've got yourself a recipe for the best kind of down-home literary treat. Kate DiCamillo's voice in Because of Winn-Dixie should carry from the steamy, sultry pockets of Florida clear across the miles to enchant young readers everywhere." — Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-award winner Out of the Dust