Short and Sweet

14. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

This was the book I mentioned starting on the way home from the shop yesterday. It didn’t take long at all (only 182 pages, so it would have taken well under two hours, although I read most of it in short spurts) but was a lot of fun. It’s the story of ten year old India Opal, who has just moved to the town of Naomi with her father, where he is the new preacher of a church so lacking in financial backing that the congregants bring folding chairs to each service and he and Opal live at a trailer park. She goes to the store one day for food, and comes back with a dog instead (Winn-Dixie).

This is one of those innocent stories where a child can wander around unaccompanied, get herself a job, make friends with several misfit adults and visit them at home, and along with her ex-stray dog bring the community together and help them and herself overcome their private miseries. Apparently it’s been made into a film, but I haven’t seen it. This edition of the book includes pictures from the film, which looks good.

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