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Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie (Anniversary Edition) - Hardcover

Because of Winn-Dixie (Anniversary Edition) - Hardcover

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Revisit Kate DiCamillo’s beloved first novel with a beautiful twentieth-anniversary edition featuring an introduction by Ann Patchett.

“This book is (I hope) a hymn of praise to dogs, friendship, and the South,” Kate DiCamillo said of her best-selling debut novel, which has been awarded a Newbery Honor, translated into nearly thirty languages, and turned into a major motion picture. The story of a preacher’s daughter named Opal whose life is transformed by a scruffy dog named Winn-Dixie continues to touch the hearts of readers of all ages. Celebrate twenty years of
Because of Winn-Dixie with a signature anniversary edition featuring a redesigned cover, an introduction by PEN/Faulkner Award–winning author Ann Patchett, and an afterword by Kate DiCamillo.


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Editorial Reviews

"Kate DiCamillo's 'Because of Winn-Dixie' celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a beautiful edition that continues to enchant readers of all ages. This heartwarming tale is a hymn of praise to dogs, friendship, and the unique charm of the South.

Opal, the preacher's daughter, takes center stage in a small Florida town, and her life takes a transformative turn when she encounters a scruffy dog named Winn-Dixie in a local supermarket. What follows is a series of heartwarming events, misadventures, and newfound connections, as Opal and Winn-Dixie find their place in the town's close-knit community.

Kate DiCamillo's narrative, told through the eyes of a ten-year-old, is filled with relatable characters, each carrying their own hidden sorrows and pasts. The story beautifully illustrates how the power of friendship can heal old wounds and forge new bonds. It's a heartwarming reminder that sometimes the most unexpected friendships can change our lives in the most profound ways.

While the prose might not be as elaborate as some of DiCamillo's other works, it strikes a perfect balance, creating a story that's accessible and engaging for readers of all ages. With its vivid characters and a feel-good atmosphere, 'Because of Winn-Dixie' is a timeless classic that continues to touch hearts.

The twentieth-anniversary edition is a treasure, featuring a redesigned cover and insightful additions by the award-winning author Ann Patchett and the brilliant Kate DiCamillo herself. It's a delightful reminder that the magic of 'Because of Winn-Dixie' remains as enchanting today as it was twenty years ago." - Starry Ferry Books

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo’s writing journey has been a truly remarkable one. She grew up in Florida and moved to Minnesota in her twenties, when homesickness and a bitter winter led her to write Because of Winn-Dixie — her first published novel, which became a runaway bestseller and snapped up a Newbery Honor. The Tiger Rising, her second novel, was also set in Florida and went on to become a National Book Award finalist. Since then, the best-selling author has explored settings as varied as a medieval castle and a magician’s theater while continuing to enjoy great success, winning two Newbery Medals and being named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She now has over 40 million books in print worldwide.

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