Primary Characters in Because of Winn-Dixie

Opal: The main character in Because of Winn-Dixie. She is ten years old and is the only child of “The Preacher”.

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Her full name is India Opal Buloni, but is commonly referred to as “Opal”. She is played by the actress AnnaSophia Robb.


The Preacher: The father of Opal, he is also referred to as “Mr. Buloni” but most people just refer to him as “The Preacher”. He is the preacher of Naomi’s small church which is located in a small refurbished grocery store. He is played by Jeff Daniels.

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Winn-Dixie: A rather rambunctious¬†mutt that is found running loose through Naomi’s Winn-Dixie Supermarket. Opal wants to keep the dog, so she speaks up, claiming that the dog is her own. She names him Winn-Dixie and he¬†becomes part of her family.