Publication Date: March 2000
Reading Level: Lexile Measure 670L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level R
Interest Level: Grades 4-7
Major Awards: 2001 Newbery Honor
Number of Pages: 208 pages
Approximate Word Count: 63,440 words -- The average reader will spend 4 hours and 13 minutes reading Because of Winn-Dixie at 250 words per minute.*
Audible Book Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
Book Themes: Abandonment, Compassion and Forgiveness, Isolation, Friendship, Family, Love, Courage
Genre: Young Adult Literature; Comedy; Coming-of-Age
Setting: A Small Town in Florida
There ain't no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.
First Line: My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog.
Point of View: First Person (Central Narrator -- Opal)
*Estimate from Reading Length