Because of Winn-Dixie

Introduction

Because of Winn-Dixie is a children's novel written by Kate DiCamillo, which was published in 2000, and was the winner of a Newbery Honor distinction the following year.[1] In 2000, the book won the Josette Frank Award,[2] and in 2003 won the Mark Twain Award.[3] It was adapted as a 2005 family film directed by Wayne Wang, produced by Walden Media and Twentieth Century Fox, and starring AnnaSophia Robb as Opal Buloni.[4][5]

In 2007 the U.S. National Education Association named Winn-Dixie one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children", based on an online poll.[6] In 2012 it was ranked number 20 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal – the first of three books by DiCamillo in the Top 100.[7]


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