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Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
India Opal Buloni Timeline and Summary
Opal accidentally-on-purpose adopts a stray dog in a Winn-Dixie grocery store and names him Winn-Dixie. Opal asks her father for ten facts about her mother. After Winn-Dixie scares Miss Franny Block, Opal and the little old librarian become storytelling friends. Opal convinces Otis to give her a job at the pet store so she can buy a sweet red collar and leash for Winn-Dixie. Thanks to Winn-Dixie, Opal meets Gloria Dump and dumps her entire life story into her lap (pun intended). In return, Gloria Dump teaches Opal about her mistake tree. Opal and the preacher realize that thunderstorms freak Winn-Dixie out. Cue foreshadowing. Miss Franny tells Opal and Amanda about her great-grandpa Littmus W. Block and his famous candy. She gives Opal a bunch of Littmus Lozenges, and Opal hands them out to everyone she knows. Thanks to the tasty candies, Opal learns that pretty much everyone—even five-year-olds—is sad about something. Gloria and Opal throw a party. Everyone comes, and it's shaping up to be the event of the season, when a thunderstorm hits. They save the egg-salad sandwiches, but then Opal realizes that Winn-Dixie is missing. Remember how he's terrified of thunder? She and the preacher search for him and end up having a heart-to-heart about her mom that magically fixes their relationship. When they get back to the party, they find out Winn-Dixie was there all along. Opal goes outside and has an imaginary conversation with her mom in front of the mistake tree. So long, Mom. Opal is going to start living her life again. And she starts by learning new songs to sing with her friends and father.