Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

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A classic tale by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo, America’s beloved storyteller.

One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie. Featuring a new cover illustration by E. B. Lewis.


From the Publisher

Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo

‘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.

A National Book Award Finalist

‘It deals with the tough issues of death, grieving, and the great accompanying sadness, and has enough layers to embrace any reader.’

– School library Journal (starred review).

A Newbery Medal Winner

‘A terrific, bravura performance.’

– The New York Times Book Review.

‘Kate DiCamillo has a gift, inequitably distributed among writers of all kinds, of eliminating the obvious and still egging on the reader. She writes beautifully but thinks simply. The purity of her prose – the reader goes from paragraph to paragraph delighting in the wonderful simple sentences – only adds to the winsome purity of her vision.’

– The New York Times Book Review.

‘One reading is hardly enough to savor the rich philosophical nuances of DiCamillo’s story. I think I will go read it again right now.’

– The New York Times Book Review.

A Newbery Medal Winner

‘Eccentric characters, snappy prose and the fantastical plot give this delightful novel a giddy, over-the-top patina, but the core is big and hopeful, contemplative and bursting with heart. No small feat, even for a superhero like DiCamillo.’

—Shelf Awareness.

A National Book Award Finalist

‘As in her previous award-winning books, DiCamillo once again shows that life’s underlying sadnesses can also be studded with hope and humor, and does it in a way so true that children will understand it in their bones. And that’s why she’s Kate the Great.’

—Booklist (starred review).

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