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3.0000282338326 out of 53.0000282338326 out of 53.0000282338326 out of 53.0000282338326 out of 53.0000282338326 out of 5 3.00 (70,837 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate DiCamillo Narrator: Cherry Jones Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9780307281777
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When 10-year-old India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida, with her father, she doesn't know what to expect -- least of all, that she'll adopt Winn-Dixie, a dog she names after the supermarket where they met.

Right away, Opal knows she can tell Winn-Dixie anything -- like the fact that lately she's been thinking a lot about her mother, who left when Opal was three. And that her father, the preacher, won't talk about her mother at all. And that she's lonely. But with such an unusually friendly dog at her side, Opal soon find rself making more than a few unusual friends. And untimately, Opal and the preacher realize -- with a little help from Winn-Dixie, of course -- that while they've both tasted a bit of melancholy in their lives, they still have a whole lot to be thankful for. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this exquisitely crafted first novel, each chapter possesses an arc of its own and reads almost like a short story in its completeness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jones imbues her depiction of Opal with a tone of youthful, hopeful wonder and skillfully transforms her voice to distinguish the other older, life-weathered characters…She never sounds hokey as she adopts a Southern accent, and she effortlessly slips into a compelling storytelling rhythm. This is a top-notch treatment of an award-winning tale.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “[A] lyrical, moving, and enchanting book…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)

  • “Award-winning actress Cherry Jones delivers a superb first-person narration that brings the charming ten-year-old daughter of the Open Arms Baptist Church preacher to life. Her simple, sometimes not-quite-grammatical, but always humorous, take on daily experiences and profound life issues rings true. Her gravelly voiced blind friend, Gloria Dump; her animal-charming, big-hearted friend, Otis; her dreamy, book-loving librarian, Miss Franny Block; and squeaky-voiced, lisping Sweetie Pie are all memorably and individually created. A stellar audio interpretation…Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award and a 2002 Audie Award finalist.”

    AudioFile

  • “A fine, economical story told in the authentic voice of a child, using regional language and vivid description in a clear, straightforward way. There is immediacy of feeling in this book, perfectly expressing the secret inner life that every child knows…Opal develops and grows as a character, in both her inner and her outer life. All of this is accomplished through a story worth telling. 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.”

    Children’s Literature

  • Finalist for the 2001 Audie Award for Best Children's Narration
  • Winner of the 2002 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • Named a School Library Journal Top Pick among Best Children's Novels of All Time
  • A 2001 Newbery Honor Book
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dylan | 2/19/2014

    " A good classic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 2/9/2014

    " This book got me started on reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Dambach | 2/6/2014

    " I liked it a lot but it was very odd "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jarynth â™› | 2/6/2014

    " Awesome teens book! Read it.. and I couldn't stop reading it.. Watched the movie with my class, really good movie, but i personally think the book is greater than the movie :) DOG lovers? WATCH or READ it! :DDD "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsi | 2/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It would be great to read with my future classroom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi Mystic | 1/10/2014

    " I read this book in third grade. I later read it again to my sister and we watched the movie together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniela | 1/3/2014

    " I love this book! It is an amazing story that EVERYONE should read! I love the main character India Opal. I remember that when I was in 2nd grade I never wanted to read this because it was 'too big,' but now when I read it I think it was too short. Wonderful book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myrica | 12/15/2013

    " I just recently found this story of a girl and her stray dog through a Kindle library loan, and put it on my list of books to buy and read again. Not just for kids, or even just for dog lovers. The narrator has a strong, interesting voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 12/8/2013

    " it was a sweet book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 12/5/2013

    " There are so many lessons to be learned in one little story. I would recommend this book for children ages 3 all the way to adults. It's really a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 8/23/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its one I would give to my grandchildren. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana | 6/22/2013

    " read this in 3rd grade, i remember i really liked it!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lola Franco | 6/12/2013

    " i got the book so i could read it before seeing the movie. i enjoyed the book a lot, but still haven't seen the movie. it tackles moving, divorce, separation very sensitively. i like a lot of her books, but others seem to grate on me, so i wasn't sure how i would feel about this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sofie Lisette | 3/29/2013

    " It is a really good book. I recamend it to people who love animals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malia | 2/2/2013

    " This is a very good book. It has a sad story, but I love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddy Price | 1/5/2013

    " Loved it as a kid, couldn't keep my head out of it. I think reading the actual book gets you more connected to it, then watching the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryony | 12/29/2012

    " I loved this book! Take an endearing main character (Opal) and add some difficult life experiences. Then enter a lovable, scruffy friend, and the recipe is set for Opal to grow, learn, change, and overcome. I read it out loud to my girls, and we were all sad to finish it! Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. | 12/23/2012

    " I love this book! I never did see the movie though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 9/4/2012

    " Another touching story that speaks to the virtues of community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily I. | 10/15/2011

    " I found this book a bit creepy, sometimes boring and a nice story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LinseyM | 9/20/2011

    " Very cute with good life lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nettyx33 Michellee:P | 7/18/2011

    " it wasgood "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Honeybee | 5/23/2011

    " My first DiCamillo, but not her best. Another book read with a camper that I was "tutoring" but I read the whole book ahead of her and she never finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna! | 5/17/2011

    " I really liked this book. I thought that it was a good book for people of any age, but it was also sad. I'm not going to lie, I cried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/16/2011

    " Sweet story. Enjoyed sharing this with my kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janae | 5/15/2011

    " It was such a great book.....I wish that I had a dog that smiled because if I did that would be so awesome!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 5/15/2011

    " I use to love this book when I was little! I've probably read it over 10 times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " I must admit, I cried. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/13/2011

    " A book that wraps you up in its emotion. Beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/13/2011

    " This book is a cute book that also has a movie.Luckily the book and movie are about the same so whenever you are going to see it you can not be angry that they arent the same at all. Like how the Lighting Theif. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 5/12/2011

    " This book was cute and simple! Read for my Resources for Children class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 5/12/2011

    " This book had it all! It had the humor, the sadness, the happiness, and it was written wonderfully. It was a quick read and a lot of fun. "

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About the Author
Author Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo is an American author of children’s fiction and twice winner of the Newbery Medal. Several of her books made the New York Times bestsellers list. Her debut novel, the award-winning Because of Winn-Dixie, was made into a major motion picture, and her book The Tiger Rising was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014 to 2015, appointed by the Library of Congress.

About the Narrator

Cherry Jones is an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator who has won an AudioFile Earphones Award and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, in 2001 and 2005. She is also well known as a premiere theater actress and winner of a Tony Award. She has acted in numerous television shows, and her film roles include Erin Brockovich, The Perfect Storm, and M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs.