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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo


When a young girl moves to a new town with her father, she feels very lonely. That is until she meets a wonderful dog named Winn-Dixie, who helps her to make new friends.


AGE RANGE KIDS


THEMES

Dogs

Animals

Loneliness

Friendship


OVERALL RATING 9.8/10

I absolutely love this book! The story is simple and powerful - just right for young readers. The storytelling tactics used in this book are so perfectly executed that it left me extremely satisfied after each chapter. Every aspect of it fits together like a jigsaw puzzle. This book has a very comforting feel.


PROS Satisfying


Comforting


Deals with serious topics

Violence and Scariness 1/5 Kids tease that old lady will eat the dog. Mention of a boy drowning. Sex and Romance 0/5 Not present.



CONS The word 'retarded' is used in one chapter a few times.


Emotional Intensity 4/5 Girl misses mother who left when she was three. Young girl is very lonely. Man mentioned in story's entire family dead. Mention of friend's little brother drowning. Dog is missing. Generally emotionally intense. Drinking and Drugs 4/5 Girl's mother is said to have drunk to much before she left. Girl's adult friend says she used to be an alcoholic. Bottles hanging from tree.


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