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Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie Chapter 13 Summary
The summer is shaping up to be a pretty good one. Opal and Winn-Dixie head to Gertrude's Pets every morning in time to listen to Otis's music. Sometimes Sweetie Pie comes too. Sweetie Pie listens and tries to choose a pet, but that's just silly, because all she wants is a dog like Winn-Dixie. And let's face it—there's only one of him to go 'round. Then, Opal and Winn-Dixie listen to Miss Franny tell stories at the library. Afterward, they head on over to Gloria's. Sometimes the Bully Patrol teases them along the way. Stevie passes on his mom's advice that she shouldn't be hanging out with old people so much. Gee, thanks, Stevie's mom. Dunlap actually seems like he's kind of nice, but Stevie keeps flapping his lips about how Otis is retarded and a jailbird. Maybe Stevie's mom should be worrying about her own kid, right? Opal is mad, mad, mad as she defends Otis and calls Stevie a "big bald-headed baby" (13.9). (Anyone else think Opal could use some new insults?) Gloria's peanut butter sandwiches with coffee-milk taste especially good when Opal's all worn out from fighting. Gloria suggests that the boys probably just want to be friends. Opal ain't buying it. Well, calling Gloria a witch all the time isn't really winning anyone over. Gloria gives up on the subject (for now) and asks Opal to tell her some stories.
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