Just a quick note for the weekend. I finished Winn-Dixie last night and it is remarkably brilliant in the way it played itself out. The language was simple and the story itself deceptive in its complexity so that it only seemed simple. This is truly a book to study and know if you are working on a children book. the whole story was told from the point of view of its ten year old protagonist and well done at that. It is no wonder that it was a Newberry Honor book for 2001.
I believe I will be reading My Side of the Mountain, again, and studying the language used in that one to try and figure out why I read it over and over as a boy.