India Opal Buloni is living with her father, the Preacher, in Naomi, Florida when she finds a dog she names Winn-Dixie...that she found at the Winn-Dixie. He doesn't seem like an ordinary dog: he's a great listener, hates to be alone, and seems to have a special gift for bringing people together. Which is great, because there are some people in Naomi in need of a dog like Winn-Dixie.
I was prepared to not like this book. I'm not a big pet person in real life, and I don't tend to read a lot of books about animals. I was really pleasantly surprised, then, by how much I liked both Opal and Winn-Dixie. There was depth to the supporting characters; they weren't one-dimensional plot-points used to tell us how special Winn-Dixie is. Kate DiCamillo has described this book as "a hymn of praise to dogs, friendship, and the South," and I think that sums it up perfectly.
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Read it with:
A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
Marley: A Dog Like No Other by Josh Grogan
Dogs by Emily Gravett
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo