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The title of the book that I read for this book report is Because of Winn Dixie. The author is Kate DiCamillo. The date of this publication is 2000 by Candlewick Press.

The main character is named India Opal Buloni, but most people call her Opal. She is ten years old. Opal's father is a priest. Opal's mother left her and her father when she was just three years old. Opal never understood why her mother left and was always very sad about it. In the beginning of the book, Opal had recently moved to a trailer park in Naomi, Florida. Opal did not have any friends. Her father, the Priest, had a small congregation and was usually busy. Opal didn't talk to him often. Opal's best friend is a loyal dog-named Winn Dixie. Opal tells him everything that she wishes she could tell to her mother.

There is no specific time that this story occurs but it could happen today. The setting of the story is Corner Trailer Park in Florida.

There are many conflicts in this story, but the most important one is when Opal finds Winn Dixie and has an argument with her father as to whether or not she could keep him. Her father agreed to let Opal keep Winn Dixie on the condition that the dog stays outside of their trailer and that Opal has to pay for his food.

Another conflict is when Opal asks the pet-store owner if she could work for him. At first the pet storeowner didn't want to employ her. He thought she wouldn't to a good job. Opal convinced the pet storeowner that she would do a great job and after many arguments he finally let Opal work at his pet shop every afternoon. This way...