Thursday, November 9, 2017
#tbt: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick Press, March 2000.
This was DiCamillo's debut. It was award a Newbery Honor. Because of Winn-Dixie is the story of India Opal Buloni. She and her father, Preacher, move to a trailer park after her mother abandons them. She's lonely. When she spies a dog wreaking havoc at the local Winn-Dixie supermarket, she claims the dog is hers and names him Winn-Dixie, after the store. The two adopt each other and convince Preacher to allow him to stay. Slowly, and with Winn-Dixie's help India gets to know her neighbors and learns to help her father and herself heal.