Because of Winn Dixie is the story of Opal and her father as they begin their new life in Florida. Opal rescues a dog named Winn Dixie, who provides her with connections to her community and helps her to make peace with her past. I really loved the character of Opal and felt that she was very relatable. She had a different home life with a single father and felt that she had no friends. I rooted for her throughout the book. There are many diverse characters within Winn Dixie. I think this book would be perfect to study characterization and character traits. This text would be appropriate for grades 3-5.