The summer that 10-year-old India Opal and her preacher father move to tiny Naomi, Florida, is one of the loneliest ones Opal has had yet. She doesn't know anyone in town, and it seems like the local kids who attend her father's church aren't interested in knowing her, either.
But all that changes when Opal is sent to the nearby Winn-Dixie grocery store. As she tells it: "...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.
At the Winn-Dixie, Opal sees a big, ugly dog making a ruckus. When the manager threatens to call the pound to tak