Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Because of Winn-Dixie

When Opal moves to a new town with her preacher father, she is lonelier than ever.  Being separated from her friends makes the pain of being abandoned by her mother all the worse.  But one day she adopts a stray dog who has a knack for making friends, and it looks like life in this new town might not be so bad after all.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo is one of this year's picks for World Book Night.

While this endearing little novel deals with some weighty subjects (abandonment, incarceration, death of siblings) the simple and straightforward narrative keeps things from getting too heavy.  Things are what they are and it is up to us to find the best way through them...perhaps with a four-legged friend to guide the way.  The real message here is that people need to depend on one-another and that friends can be found in the unlikeliest of places, if we only open our minds.  The added bonus of a dog is sure to attract readers.

Because of Winn-Dixie is published by Candlewick and retails for $6.99 (paperback).  I bought my used copy with my very own money.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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