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Because of Winn-Dixie
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About the Author

Kate DiCamillo says of writing BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, "I was living in an apartment where no dogs were allowed. As a result, I was suffering from a serious case of 'dog withdrawal.' One night, before I went to sleep, I heard this little girl's voice (with a Southern accent) say, 'I have a dog named Winn-Dixie.' When I woke up the next morning, the voice was still talking, and I started writing down what India Opal Buloni was telling me. The book is (I hope) a hymn of praise to dogs, friendship, and the South."

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews, starred review 09/06/2000 "Brush strokes of magical realism elevate this beyond a simple story of friendship to a well-crafted tale of community and fellowship, of sweetness, sorrow, and hope. And it's funny, too. A real gem." -------- Publishers Weekly, starred review 09/06/2000 ..". [E]xquisitely crafted first novel. Each chapter possesses an arc of its own and reads almost like a short story in its completeness; yet the chapters add up to much more than a sum of their parts. . . This bittersweet tale of contemporary life in a small Southern town will hold readers rapt." -------- School Library Journal, starred review 09/06/2000 "This well-crafted, realistic, and heartwarming story will be read and reread as a new favorite deserving a long-term place on library shelves." -------- School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 12/01/2000 Selected titles were chosen by the editors based on the following criteria: strength of story line, clarity or presentation, quality of illustration, and estimated appeal to children or adolescents. "A heartfelt story that is sure to touch a chord with readers." -------- Horn Book Guide, The 06/01/2000 "A gentle book about good people coming together to combat lonliness and heartache--with a little canine assistance." -------- New York Times Book Review, The 09/06/2000 "Poignant and delicately told." -------- Star Tribune 08/27/2000 Minneapolis, MN Circ = 682,000 "an enchanting little book with a touch of magic, a cast of great characters, and a lot of real life and wisdom." -------- Five Owls, Book of Merit 11/01/2000 "Children will enjoy Opal's abiding humor and Winn-Dixie's disarming and endearing ways, and the funny and important things that happen when the two of them get together." -------- San Francisco Chronicle 11/19/2000 circ=709,000 ." . . carefully touches on big issues: abandonment, loneliness, empathy and belonging." -------- Teaching K-8 08/01/2002 "It's rare to recommend a book for all ages but here we have BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE by Kate DiCamillo." -------- Orlando Sentinel 12/08/2002 "Both kids and grown-ups love it . . . it's a great read-aloud book . . . it has scooped up numerous awards . . . it's an unforgettable story about making friends . . . " -------- Washington Post 10/10/2002 "It's the kind of book people love and tell their friends to read." -------- Star Tribune 02/18/2005 Minneapolis, MN Circ = 682,000 "DiCamillo doesn't shy from bad things, and while she validates a child's sense of grief and loss, she also hold open life's possibilities." -------- Book Links 09/01/2002 "In this Newbery Honor Book, the author skillfully weaves a variety of characters together to show the meaning of friendship." -------- Book Links 03/01/2007 "This lively coming-of-age story touches on friendship, loss, and understanding." -------- Midwest Book Review 02/01/2006 "An honest, well written story that will tug at your heart." -------- Newsday 02/17/2005 . "The books' truthfulness is what makes it so powerful. People can identify with the fact that everyone sort of isolates themselves because of a misconnection or a loss or whatever is in their lives." -------- Scholastic Administrat@r Magazine 01/01/2007 circ=100,000 Featured in list of the top 10 children's chapter books of the last 25 years. Kirkus Reviews, starred review 09/06/2000 "Brush strokes of magical realism elevate this beyond a simple story of friendship to a well-crafted tale of community and fellowship, of sweetness, sorrow, and hope. And it's funny, too. A real gem." -------- Publishers Weekly, starred review 09/06/2000 .,." [E]xquisitely crafted first novel. Each chapter possesses an arc of its own and reads almost like a short story in its completeness; yet the chapters add up to much more than a sum of their parts. . . This bittersweet tale of contemporary life in a small Southern town will hold readers rapt." -------- School Library Journal, starred review 09/06/2000 "This well-crafted, realistic, and heartwarming story will be read and reread as a new favorite deserving a long-term place on library shelves." -------- School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 12/01/2000 Selected titles were chosen by the editors based on the following criteria: strength of story line, clarity or presentation, quality of illustration, and estimated appeal to children or adolescents. "A heartfelt story that is sure to touch a chord with readers." -------- Horn Book Guide, The 06/01/2000 "A gentle book about good people coming together to combat lonliness and heartache--with a little canine assistance." -------- New York Times Book Review, The 09/06/2000 "Poignant and delicately told." -------- Star Tribune 08/27/2000 Minneapolis, MN Circ = 682,000 "an enchanting little book with a touch of magic, a cast of great characters, and a lot of real life and wisdom." -------- Five Owls, Book of Merit 11/01/2000 "Children will enjoyOpal's abiding humor and Winn-Dixie's disarming and endearing ways, and the funny and important things that happen when the two of them get together." -------- San Francisco Chronicle 11/19/2000 circ=709,000 ." . . carefully touches on big issues: abandonment, loneliness, empathy and belonging." -------- Teaching K-8 08/01/2002 "It's rare to recommend a book for all ages but here we have BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE by Kate DiCamillo." -------- Orlando Sentinel 12/08/2002 "Both kids and grown-ups love it . . . it's a great read-aloud book . . . it has scooped up numerous awards . . . it's an unforgettable story about making friends . . ." -------- Washington Post 10/10/2002 "It's the kind of book people love and tell their friends to read." -------- Star Tribune 02/18/2005 Minneapolis, MN Circ = 682,000 "DiCamillo doesn't shy from bad things, and while she validates a child's sense of grief and loss, she also hold open life's possibilities." -------- Book Links 09/01/2002 "In this Newbery Honor Book, the author skillfully weaves a variety of characters together to show the meaning of friendship." -------- Book Links 03/01/2007 "This lively coming-of-age story touches on friendship, loss, and understanding." -------- Midwest Book Review 02/01/2006 "An honest, well written story that will tug at your heart." -------- Newsday 02/17/2005 . "The books' truthfulness is what makes it so powerful. People can identify with the fact that everyone sort of isolates themselves because of a misconnection or a loss or whatever is in their lives." -------- Scholastic Administrat@r Magazine 01/01/2007 circ=100,000 Featured in list of the top 10 children's chapter books of the last 25 years.

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