Winner of the 2001 Newbery Honor Award.
The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket--and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of War and Peace. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar. Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship--and forgiveness--can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.
If you like the book holes you will like the book movie holes because they are similar in one really good maybe sad way, So in the book Holes there is a kid named Zero and in the Because Of Winn-Dixie there is a girl named Opal her and zero both see them selfs as a orphan even tho Zero actually is one.In the book because of Winn-Dixie Opal has only her dad and her dog Winn-Dixie her mother left when she was very young, In hole's Zero has a mother but no one else until him as his mother get separated when she goes to jail.