Book Review: Because Of Winn-Dixie

Because Of Winn-Dixie
Kate DiCamillo
 Juvenile Fiction 


Recommended Audience: ages 8 and up (even adults will love it)

Summary: Because of Winn Dixie is a beautiful coming-of-age story about a girl who is trying to learn more about her estranged mother. She just moved to town and wants a friend. She goes to the grocery store for macaroni and cheese and tomatoes and comes home with a stray dog whom she names Winn Dixie. Because of Winn Dixie (the dog), she meets many interesting people and shares many friendships.

Reaction: This book had me laughing and crying. It is amazing how a dog can bring people together and help people heal. I loved that the dog did not die in the end. Dog lovers will especially appreciate Winn Dixie’s adorable antics. India Opal and the characters she meets are well-developed. I read this book over and over and over. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

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Megan is a middle school student in Hunterdon County. She enjoys spending time teaching her parakeet Blueberry new sounds and letting him fly onto her shoulder. When she isn't playing with Blueberry, she is often chasing her mutt Pepsi around the yard and teaching her fun, new tricks. Megan's goals include creating a hotel for homeless dogs so that they are comfortable and safe until they are adopted and educating people about the importance of spaying/neutering. Her accomplishments include having a birthday party in which guests donated items to a local shelter in lieu of gifts, periodically using her own money to shop frugally for items for a local shelter, educating her peers about the importance of spaying and neutering (based on MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech), donating items to the HarnessLife yard sale, and, most recently, writing book reviews for HarnessLife. Megan doesn't just "flip out" about the pet overpopulation problem; she is also a JOGA level 5 competitive gymnast. She is thrilled to be a volunteer for HarnessLife and hopes that she will help make a difference.

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