Because of Winn-Dixie

By: Kate DiCamillo

India Opal Buloni just moved to Florida with her father, the preacher. Her mother had left them when India Opal was very young, so she doesn't know anything about her. She doesn't have any friends either. But then one day when she is walking in the store she meets Winn-Dixie. Winn-Dixie is a big, dirty, smelly dog, but with a big heart, and when India Opal meets him, everything begins to change. Almost every day, she gets to know a person in the town better all because of Winn-Dixie. But as she meets new friends, she begins to realize that they all have a bit of sadness in their lives, just like her. So she decides to do something to bring happiness back into their lives. But when Winn-Dixie gets lost from her, India Opal knows that it's not only the dog that is lost.