Kate DiCamillo has a storyteller's writing style, one in which she is able to describe her characters fully.
You just know this is going to be a tear-jerker . . .
And it was. Holy smokes! I haven't cried like that since I was a boy. Sincerely.
The party of misfits is really touching, but it is Opal's relationships with her dog, her friends, and her father that make this book.
DiCamillo is excellent setting a scene. It isn't that so much occurs in the book, it's that Opal, like her tree, takes root.
I highly recommend this book!