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Swiss Mist

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
When Milo is in fifth grade, his parents get divorced, and his teacher, Ms. Swinford, helps him make it through the year. He loves hearing her sing “The Happy Wanderer” and reminisce about the year she lived in Switzerland during college, practically on the misty slopes of the Matterhorn. The Matterhorn! During the next five years, Milo moves through the mists of Washingto ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Jaycee Bernardi
Aug 22, 2015 Jaycee Bernardi rated it liked it
I have mixed emotions about this book.
I enjoyed this book because it went on about real life events, but executed it in such a way that didn't make it depressing to read, but could make you laugh along with the misfortunes and the lessons Milo had to learn. Each character was well developed so I was able to get a good, interpersonal feel with each one as a reader.
I was upset by the resolution, I believed that Milo should've had something he truly wished for happen to him. He chased for such th
Mel Raschke
Between fifth and tenth grade, Milo loses a few youthful illusions and searches for some meaning to life in this laid-back Washington. He records his parents’ divorce, multiple moves, his rarely seen father’s superficial philosophizing, and his more practical mother’s efforts to make a go of it as a single mom—all while following a loner’s path, keeping a low profile at school, he usually leaves his own reactions between the lines of this novel.
Oct 20, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
Good, quirky coming-of-age book that talks deeply and complexly about life and truth. I liked it. It may haven't been the first time I've read the book--It's been sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year now--but after re-reading it again today, I realized just how much I actually appreciate the book. I also liked the idea of the Cog. And the main character, Milo, I liked him too. Mainly, because in a way, he reminded me of myself. [3 Stars]
May 18, 2010 Tracie rated it liked it
As an adult I liked this look at Milo's life from 5th-12th grade, but I'm still not sure who I'd recommend this story to. Milo is a good kid whose parents divorce. His mother is somewhat timid, but willing to sacrifice for them while his father, a professor of philosophy, fired for a dalliance with a student, seeks enlightenment through various life paths.
Molly Blaisdell
Jan 08, 2009 Molly Blaisdell rated it it was amazing
One of the best YA writers out there, folks. Yet another artful story that brings together what it really means to be a teenager. Another book that embraces the upside, downside, inside and outside of normal everyday life. Someone give this author some Printz love or National Book Award love because he totally deserves it.
Halfway through, I thought this book was nothing new, but by the end, I realized it had a lot going for it. One of the best: it doesn't try to solve any of Milo's problems or tell you what he (or you) ought to conclude from his experiences.
Jan 30, 2009 Ali added it
A nice story about a teen boy. He's trying to find his philosophy, his way to live life. I appreciate that it is a teen book without a dead parent, drunk driving crash, eating disorder, abusive relationship, etc.
Mar 12, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
interesting to follow the little kiddo becoming a boy being able to give an observation to his dad having trouble finding his life trails..
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Nicely quirky story of a boy finding himself. Funny, too.
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Quirky and funny. I love that it didn't focus about romance but life in general.
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