Because of Winn Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

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Book Information

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

Important Quote: 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

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