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Because of Winn-Dixie: Introduction
Because of Winn-Dixie: Plot Summary
Because of Winn-Dixie: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Because of Winn-Dixie: Themes
Because of Winn-Dixie: Quotes
Because of Winn-Dixie: Characters
Because of Winn-Dixie: Symbols
Because of Winn-Dixie: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Kate DiCamillo
Historical Context of Because of Winn-Dixie
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- Full Title: Because of Winn-Dixie
- When Written: 1999
- Where Written: Minneapolis, Minnesota
- When Published: 2000
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Children’s Novel
- Setting: Naomi, Florida
- Climax: During their search for Winn-Dixie, Opal and the preacher voice that Mama isn’t coming back and reaffirm their love for each other.
- Antagonist: Though Opal at first believes that kids like Dunlap, Stevie, and Amanda are her enemies, she discovers that few people in life are true antagonists.
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Because of Winn-Dixie
Double Whammy. Kate DiCamillo is one of only six authors who have won the Newbery Award twice; her novels The Tale of Desperaux and Flora and Ulysses won and earned her this distinction. Other authors who have won twice include Lois Lowry (for Number the Stars and The Giver), E.L. Konigsberg (for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The View from Saturday), and Katherine Paterson (for Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved).