Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
It’s easier if I blog before doing my discussion board and starting to analyze too much. I pay a lot of attention to Newbery winners and honors. I have quite a collection. I’ve always “meant” to read this book, but it took a class assignment for it to finally happen. I’m a dog lover so of course I fell in love with Winn-Dixie and India Opal Buloni wins you over pretty quickly too. You follow Opal and Winn-Dixie over the course of their first summer together after Opal moves to Naomi, FL. It’s a book in some ways about loss but about how life continues and it even shows melancholy and sorrow as a uniting factor among people who at first glance have nothing in common. Winn-Dixie doesn’t just change Opal, he changes the whole town of Naomi with his winning personality. I should have read it a long time ago because it really is a quick enjoyable read. It definitely made me think and I could see it being a meaningful read for young people.
Newbery Honor 2001