Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
***** (5 stars) from KATIE
I love, love, love (add a few more loves mentally) LOVE this book!! I could read this book over and over again and always get something new out of it. It is a very easy read and a fast one, too.
The book takes place in a Naomi, Florida, where a young girl, India Opal and her father (the preacher) live in a small, adults-only trailer park. One day while Opal is running a grocery errand she meets a large, ugly, homeless dog whom she claims as hers. She names him Winn-Dixie after the grocery store and brings him home where she skillfully gets her father to take him in. In the book she meets lots of new friends, all because of Winn-Dixie (hence the name of the book).
My sister (one of many; she's 10) and I were super excited the other day because we saw "Winn-Dixie". We started squealing and pointing and telling mom that if we ever got a dog that's the kind we're going to get. :)
This book is a Newbery Award winner for 2001 and is also a New York Times bestseller.
I would recommend this book for girls and boys 9+.