Summary: Because of Winn Dixie Because of Winn-Dixie, India Opal Buloni makes new friends in a new place. Because of Winn-Dixie, India Opal comes to understand that her mother isn't coming back. Because of Winn-Dixie, India Opal and her preacher father deepen their relationship. And because of Winn-Dixie, a lot of people in Naomi, a small town in Florida, find new meaning in their lives. Reading Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo, is like munching a bittersweet chocolate bar. India Opal and her father both hurt because her mother has chosen to leave them and neither can quite understand the finality of their loss. However, the stray dog that India Opal brings home from the grocery store helps her fathom the depths of her father's love. Winn-Dixie is also a catalyst in uniting unlikely friends. DiCamillo's characters are as likable as they are strange. There's Gloria Dump, thought to be a witch, who hangs her whiskey bottles on a tree to remind her of all her shortcomings. There's Otis, who lets the animals out of their cages in the pet store to listen to his guitar playing. He says he knows what it's like to be in jail. There's Miss Fanny, the librarian, whose family made their fortune on Littmus Lozenges. Then there's Amanda, who seems unfriendly, but that's because she too, is suffering from loss. A rather strange but lovable dog wanders into their lives, all of these folks, all strays themselves, in a way, find each other.
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