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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."
Poignant and delicately told. --New York Times Book Review, The A heartfelt story that is sure to touch a chord with readers. --School Library Journal Best Books of the Year ...[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. --Publishers Weekly, starred review 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, starred review 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. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review 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. --Newsday It's the kind of book people love and tell their friends to read. --Washington Post 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. --Star Tribune 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 . . . --Orlando Sentinel . . . carefully touches on big issues: abandonment, loneliness, empathy and belonging. --San Francisco Chronicle an enchanting little book with a touch of magic, a cast of great characters, and a lot of real life and wisdom. --Star Tribune A gentle book about good people coming together to combat lonliness and heartache--with a little canine assistance. --Horn Book Guide, The 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. --Five Owls, Book of Merit It's rare to recommend a book for all ages but here we have BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE by Kate DiCamillo. --Teaching K-8 A tale not just about a dog found in a grocery store; it's also about the healing power of truth. --Boston Globe