Because Of Winn-Dixie
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!