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Literature Guide for Because of Winn-Dixie
Reader Advisory


When children enjoy a book, it is nice to have an idea of what books you can recommend to them on similar subjects. This is a list of seven books with short annotations and publishing information, that share similarities with Because of Winn-Dixie, and could be presented as options for students who enjoyed the book.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh. Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000.
When Marty first meets the mistreated beagle, he falls in love. He goes to great lengths to keep the dog a secret and to keep him safe.
Rawls, Woodrow Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows. Dell Laurel-Leaf, 1961.
Billy and his coonhound pups are determined to win the coon-hunt contest. In a brave fight with a mountain lion, Billy looses his dogs, but is comforted by the Native American legend of the sacred red fern that grows on top of their graves.
Henks, Kevin. Protecting Marie. Penguin Group, 1995.
When Fanny Swan finally talks her father into giving her a dog, she is devastated when her dad tells her she has to give her puppy away. The loss of her dog surfaces many other problems between her and her father.
McCarthy, Susan Carol. Lay the Trumpet in Our Hands. Bantam Books, 2002.
Reesa McMahon and her family are newcomers to Florida. They find themselves in the middle of the racist south at the start of the civil rights movement. An honest act by her father puts her entire family in danger.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Alice in April. Dell Yearling, 1993.
Alice struggles with her role in her motherless home. At age 12, that is not the only struggle she faces. School, her changing body, and the suicide of a classmate all affect her life as she is on the brink of turning 13.
Paterson Katherine. Preacher’s Boy. Clarion Books, 1999.
Although Robbie’s father is a preacher, Robbie struggles with what to believe. Along with Robbie’s search for what is truth, the story highlights coming of age, loyalty, courage, and the enduring values of family.
Calhoun, Mary. Julie’s Tree. Harper & Row, 1988.
Julie finds comfort in settling her imagination on a gigantic mulberry tree, at a time when she is dealing with her mother’s death, and her new life with her father. Although she struggles with making friends at first, Ned and Miss Fogarty help her to adjust.

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