Because of Winn Dixie is a level R on the Fountas and Pinnell reading scale. Because of Winn Dixie is about a girl named Opal who moves to a new town in Florida meets a stray dog rummaging through a Winn Dixie. They fell in love with each other, and Winn Dixie helps give her the confidence to meet new friends, until one day during a thunderstorm, Winn Dixie disappears. Opal has a heart to heart with her father that even though her mother left and Winn Dixie disappeared, she still has a father who loves her and many friends who love her too. Turns out though, Winn Dixie was hiding under the bed the whole time. This is a fantastic book to recommend to a student who loses a loved one, or a student who is new and moved to the school.