by Kate DiCamillo (3rd+)
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni has just moved to Naomi, Florida. Her mom has left their family, her father’s been hiding in his old “turtle shell,” and all she wants is a friend. And that’s when she meets Winn-Dixie, a stray dog she rescues at the local grocery store. Having Winn-Dixie for a dog is great. She starts to meet people in town, her father starts poking out of his shell, and India Opal begins to understand why her mother may have left. All this happens because of Winn-Dixie.