Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763649456
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 36,715
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo says of writing Because of Winn Dixie, "I was living in an apartment where no dogs were allowed. As a result, I was suffering from a serious case of 'dog withdrawal.' One night, before I went to sleep, I heard this little girl's voice (with a Southern accent) say, 'I have a dog named Winn-Dixie.' When I woke up the next morning, the voice was still talking, and I started writing down what India Opal Buloni was telling me. The book is (I hope) a hymn of praise to dogs, friendship, and the South."

The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing. In her instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, a haughty china rabbit undergoes a profound transformation after finding himself facedown on the ocean floor—lost, and waiting to be found. The Tale of Despereaux—the Newbery Medal–winning novel that later inspired an animated adventure from Universal Pictures—stars a tiny mouse with exceptionally large ears who is driven by love to become an unlikely hero. And The Magician’s Elephant, an acclaimed and exquisitely paced fable, dares to ask the question, What if?

Kate DiCamillo’s own journey is something of a dream come true. After moving to Minnesota from Florida in her twenties, homesickness and a bitter winter helped inspire Because of Winn-Dixie—her first published novel, which, remarkably, became a runaway bestseller and snapped up a Newbery Honor. “After the Newbery committee called me, I spent the whole day walking into walls,” she says. “I was stunned. And very, very happy.”

Her second novel, The Tiger Rising, went on to become a National Book Award Finalist. Since then, the master storyteller has written for a wide range of ages. She is the author of six books in the Mercy Watson series of early chapter books, which stars a “porcine wonder” with an obsession for buttered toast. The second book in the series, Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, was named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book by the American Library Association in 2007. She is also the co-author of the Bink and Gollie series, which celebrates the tall and short of a marvelous friendship. The first book, Bink&Gollie, was awarded the Theodor Seuss Giesel Award in 2011.
She also wrote a luminous holiday picture book, Great Joy.

Her novel Flora&Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures won the 2014 Newbery Medal. It was released in fall 2013 to great acclaim, including five starred reviews, and was an instant New York Times bestseller. Flora&Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format—a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black and white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell. It was a 2013 Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner and was chosen by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Common Sense Media as a Best Book of the Year.

Kate DiCamillo, who was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

Read an Excerpt

My 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.

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"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

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Because of Winn-Dixie 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1048 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Because of Winn-dixie was one of the best books i ever read because of how close the girl and the dog were. The dog [winn-dixie] was Opals only friend and they had a loving friendship from the moment the saw each other. This book really touched me and it also made me laugh so hard at times. I really recommend it to everyone. It changed my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is an amazing and outstanding novel by Kate DiCamillo. I totally recommend it, and have read it at least half a dozen times.Kate DiCamillo is an awesome author herself, and has written many honored novels, but I find that overal, Because of Winn-Dixie is her most compelling and mind-boggling book ever. I love this book and recommend it to anyone.
WearingPlaid More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time when I was in fourth grade. I love how easy it is to read yet It is not too easy for me to read now. The characters make me smile everytime I read it. The movie is also very good and compliments the book very well. Because of Winn-Dixie holds a very good message for all ages. Very good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best book i have ever read in my life!!!!!!!!! 1) because it was so funny 2) it's was a book for people who love animals And 3)it was very heart warming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winn Dixie is a great book for children. My son read it in class, and he's been repeatedly reading it. I recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read it i was touched it was really insayering too. If you like dogs and surprises you will love this book . Coming from a 10 year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is one of the best books i have read ina while .it is a nice/absorbing story . and its funny as well !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad but heartfelt tale. A very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book Because of Winn-Dixie. I like this book alot. The reason why i wanted to read this book is because it reminded me of myself. I recommend this book to people who like dogs. This book is about a girl finding a dog and they become best friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It shows good characters that you'll come to know and love. A touching story of friendship, Because of Winn-Dixie deserves 11 stars. I hope you enjoy it. And I recomend the movie too. So you can relive the book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. It was actually the first real chapter i ever read in 1st grade and i understood it so i would reccomend this book to 1st through7th grade levels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I read beacuse of whin dixie i feel it is a great book about whin dixi opal and the preacher. And i feel evrybody who has a chance should read it. It is also simular to shilo a story about a boy and a dog the only difrence is the dog isint his. So read it if you can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read the sample of the book it was sooooooo awsome. I definitly wanted to buy this book. Also it has a really good begining. And if you like dogs than this is a perfect book for you.I LOVE THIS BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly love this book. In my library at mt school, thid book is awesome and i bet it is on the Nok too. I recommend this book for ages 8+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes me remember the day i had a dog when i was 4 years old and i loved him so much i wish he was hear with me.......... if you love books please choose this one it will warm your heart with love,friendship,happyness
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is a quick read you just can't put down. It is a tale of a girl, India Opal, who finds a dog that leads to friendship and better understanding of not just the new town, but also of her father. She learns about her mama and why her father the preacher does some of the things he does. I LOVE THIS BOOK and have for many years now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In class a couple yrs ago and i still re-read the book im on my 13 time re-reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because of Winn-Dixie is pretty easy to read and is pretty short, but I love this book!!!! The reading level of Because of Winn-Dixie is 3.9 so this book is for a second to fourth grader. Although I'm in fifth grade, I love Because of Winn-Dixie because it's a loving story about a girl and a dog who have "adventures" together and it almost made me cry at the end when she (I'm not saying the girl's name because it ruins some of the story) almost loses her dog. I hope you like this summary of Because of Winn-Dixie and thank you so much for spending your time reading this box I typed for you. Please write to me at Sapphire Glittermist ASAP!!!! Again,thank you for reading this box!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive loved this book since i was in the 3rd grade i have the paper back book and the electronic one my teacher had given it to me because when she asked what book we would like her read i always voted for because of winn dixie and i hope one day i can read it to my children in 16 and in the tenth grade and still love this book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It touchs your heart in a way you would never expect. the author does a supierior job on squence so it is not at all repetitive i personaly reccomend this book to anyone at any age its a heart warming nove!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read almost every book such as this one and found them more enjoyable. I was frankly surprised to learn it was nominated for the, 'Sasquatch Awards' and 'Kids Choice' up here in Washington. It was an easy read and there isn't much for it, and I was done within the hour yawning and picking up another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great story Read with class in third grade Great for all ages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite book EVER!: ) I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of happy and sad moments. I even cried once. Again my name is Pickle: P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Its a favorite. I do highly reccomend this awesome, funny, touching book! ~Thank You : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book so recomend it