I’ve been wanting to read Because Winn-Dixie for years and I was happy that it is the May selection of the Kewaunee Library Youth Book Club.
Opal has just moved to a new town in Florida with her father, the preacher. Her mother is missing, and it is an item that they never discuss. Opal adopts a dog that is at the grocery store causing trouble and names him Winn-Dixie. Winn-Dixie travels around with Opal and allows her to meet new people and become a part of the town. It also allows her to finally question her father about her mother.
Daniel (10-year old) really enjoyed this book and actually took it away at one point to read on his own and I had a to catch back up. My 12-year old son Kile said it was “okay.” It’s hard to get him enthused about any book these days unless it is a fantasy or sci-fi book. Daniel really liked Winn-Dixie the dog and how Opal made new friends. I was touched reading it on how Opal was able to work through her loneliness with the help of Winn-Dixie and make new friends. I also loved how she befriended a lady that other kids called a “witch.”
Overall, Because Winn-Dixie is a wonderful little book that is an interesting story that keeps kids intrigued that also touches on loneliness and making new friends.
Book Source: The Kewaunee Public Library