Friday Firstliners is a take off on First Line Fridays hosted simultaneously by Hoarding Books and Wandering Words. The first line I’m featuring today should sound familiar to many southerners who have read coming of age stories like To Kill a Mockingbird. Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn Dixie is a delightful coming of age story that opens…
“My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes, and I came back with a dog.”
This was a favorite of my 6th through 8th graders, boys and girls alike, and presented some of the most memorable characters in tween and teen books. Themes of “friendship, community and fellowship”are presented as only a book set in a small town in the Deep South can do.
I highly recommend this book.