Sweetie Pie is a blonde five-year-old girl who befriends Opal. She’s one of the first friendly people Opal meets in Naomi; though it’s summer when they meet, Sweetie Pie excitedly invites Opal to her sixth birthday party in September. Sweetie Pie adores Winn-Dixie and desperately wants a dog of her own. She snuggles Winn-Dixie whenever they’re together. Sweetie Pie is nonjudgmental and simply wants to be around people who are kind and will care for her. The fact that Otis has been to jail isn’t even on her radar; she simply loves that he plays guitar for the animals at the pet shop. Her youth, however, means that she’s not interested in acknowledging sad things. When offered a Littmus Lozenge (candies which cause older characters to reflect on the sadness that’s inherent to life), Sweetie Pie spits it out and insists it doesn’t taste good.


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And none of them wanted to be my friend anyway because they probably thought I’d tell on them to the preacher for every little thing they did wrong; and then they would get in trouble with God and their parents. So I told God that I was lonely, even having Winn-Dixie.


Related Characters:India Opal Buloni (speaker), Winn-Dixie, Daddy/The Preacher, Amanda Wilkinson, Dunlap Dewberry, Stevie Dewberry, Sweetie Pie Thomas



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