Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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What are Opal's traits in "Because of Winn-Dixie"? Can you please sum it up for me

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India Opal Buloni, known as Opal, is a ten-year-old girl who learns to find and appreciate love by the end of the book. First of all, she begins the story as a very lonely girl because she and her preacher father have moved to a new town, Naomi, Florida, where she doesn't know anyone. Complicating matters, Opal's mother has been gone since she was very young, and Opal is sad about not knowing her mother. She thinks her father might be responsible for her mother leaving them.

Upon finding her dog, Winn-Dixie, Opal's world soon starts to change. She makes friends with Miss Franny Brock, Gloria Dump, and Otis. Each friend teaches her something about life and helps her to grow up. Miss Franny is Opal's first friend who accepts Winn Dixie in the library and gives Opal her first sense of belonging in the town, which makes her confident. Opal learns not to judge people as a result of her friendship with Otis—before she met him, she thought if someone went to jail, he was bad....

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