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Set in the breathtaking landscape of Lugano, Switzerland, Bloomability is Sharon Creech at her very best.When 13-year-old Dinnie Doone is plucked out of her troubled life by her aunt and uncle and whisked away to an international school in Switzerland, her world is turned upside down. Suddenly surrounded by different cultures, languages, and beliefs, Dinnie struggles to ho

Paperback, 213 pages
Published March 7th 2008 by Pan MacMillan (first published August 22nd 1998)
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For every person, there are books that you read that completely shape your life or push your life in a certain direction. For me, this is one of those books.

I first read this book in seventh grade on a whim. I had to read Walk Two Moons in another class the previous year, so I recognized the author's name and decided to give it a chance. To this day, I am glad that I did.

This is the book that inspired me to want to go to Italy, travel in general, and learn Italian, as well as many other language
Lua diLux
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Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Bloomability is the story of 13-year-old Dinnie who's "kidnapped" by her Uncle Max and Aunt Sandy after her older sister unexpectedly has a baby. You see, Dinnie hasn't led a normal life. Her family travels whenever and where ever her father finds another "opportunity." They live a nomadic lifestyle, never staying in the same town for very long.

For Dinnie that changes when Uncle Max and Aunt Sandy, who Dinnie barely knows, whisks her away to boarding school in Switzerland. Uncle Max has just tak
This semester, in my reading class, our teacher asks us to read this book called Bloomability which is written by Sharon Creech,the main character called Dinnie, in my mind, Dinnie maybe is a real people in the real life. I mean there must be someone who living in this word just like Dinnie.And this book is talking about three period life time of Dinnie. the first period life is Dinnie with her family, the second period life is talking about after Dinnie going to swizerland. the third period li ...more
Sara ♥
This book was really cute. It's about a girl, Dinnie, who has moved around all her life (12 times in her 12 years) and doesn't really know what the concept of "home" means, you know? So her two older siblings are starting to get into some mischief (each in their own way), so her parents send her to live with her aunt and uncle for the school year. In Switzerland. So in this area of Switzerland, where she attends an "American" school, she has to learn Italian and meet a lot of new people from all ...more
I first read this book in middle school, and over ten years later I still find it as refreshing as the first time I read it. The story of Domenica Santolina Doone is an engaging one. Preferring to be called Dinnie, she is whisked away to Lagano, Switzerland where she goes to an American boarding school where her uncle and aunt are headmasters of. At first opposed to the change, Dinnie is challenged and reshaped in this coming of age story. Her relationships resonate to the reader as they see the ...more
This is a really good book about a girl that get taken by her Aunt and Uncle to Switzerland (she has lived in America her whole life). The book is about her time that she has in Switzerland (in a really weird school), about her friends and lots more.
OMG I loved this book. I mean, I really, REALLY loved it. I read it with pure delight, and then when I finished, I literally let out a wistful sigh and *stroked* it. I loved it that much!

If you ever loved the Chalet School books, then you have to read this novel, set in a (contemporary) boarding school in Switzerland. If you've never even heard of the Chalet School books (or didn't like them), you STILL ought to try this out! Because it's such a fabulous book about a girl coming of age - and *in
I last read this book about 10 years ago, when I was in elementary school. It was something I picked up in our school library (I was determined to make my way through the entire English fiction shelf) and managed to read in about two days, mostly done in the middle of class with it open under my desk.

I don't recall much about the actual plot now, other than what's said in the summary, but I do remember being absolutely overjoyed with the atmosphere of the story and just understanding so much of
I loved this book. I read it a few years ago, but couldn't get past the first few chapters. I tried a while later and loved it. Since then, I've read it two more times. I really love the fact that this book was set in Europe. I loved how Sharon Creech really captures your imagination with the Swiss scenery. I really liked Dinnie's character. At the beginning I didn't really like her because of how she was so against going to Switzerland, and how even when she was there it took a while for her to ...more
Bish Denham
I totally enjoyed this book. I liked how, despite a rather haphazard family life, there is still a lot of love. In many ways 13 year-old Dinnie reminded me of myself at that age. Not in the moving around part, but the way she experienced her inner self. On the inside she felt isolated in a bubble, she felt insecure. She's an observer who doesn't make friends easily. On the outside, though, the face she presents to the world, is very likable. She's basically a good girl trying to do what's right. ...more
I really enjoyed this story about Dinnie, a girl who is "kidnapped" by her aunt and her uncle so that she can attend school in Switzerland. It's an "opportunity" that they are able to give to her, as her uncle is the headmaster at the school and her aunt is a teacher there. Dinnie is exposed to a wide array of life experiences and has the good fortune to make many new, unforgettable friends. These experiences are the "bloomabilities" - they allow her to grow and "bloom" and change her life forev ...more
Tamara Kammerer
Thirteen-year-old Dinnie has always led a nomadic life, living throughout the United States, following her father in his constant search for better job opportunities. Her two older siblings have their share of issues dealing with teen pregnancy and trouble with the law. The parents decide to give Dinnie an incredible opportunity by sending her to an international boarding school in Lugano, Switzerland where her Aunt Sandy is a teacher and Uncle Max is the headmaster. Dinnie forms friendships wit ...more
I wish I had known about this book when I was a teen, a great read that resonates with the stubborness of adolescence, but also involves a learning experience.
Lindsey Godbout :)
Bloomability is one of the best books I have ever read. Probuably the first chapter book I have ever enjoyed. I read this book three times and will read it many more times.
Bloomability is about a girl who moves in with her aunt and uncle because, her parents travel year after year which means school after. Her uncle is the head master of the school she goes to in Italy. She goes through all kinds o stuff such as remembering her parents who she left. Facing fears after fears.
This book is jour
I love books with a plot that takes you on a roller coaster trip, not knowing what to expect and one that keeps you turning the pages and not wanting to put the book down. This book is not one of those books. This book has a plot like "It's a Small World" really doesn't take the reader anywhere exciting and then it ends. I listened to this book on CD. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice little story about a girl who experiences a life changing "opportunity" attending an American School in Switz ...more
My favorite book from junior high (aside from Harry Potter)!
This book was my favorite book in 7th grade and has still been for the past three years as well. it is a beautiful story about going to new places and learning how to become comfortable and meeting new people. Sharon Creech has the amazing ability to pull me into one of her stories, even though I'm on my third of fourth time reading them. I've read this book probably at least seven times, and yet it still moves me to tears every time. I recommend this book and any other Sharon Creech book to eve ...more
I got this book in a collection with four of Creech's other books (Walk Two Moons, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and The Wanderer) and each one of them was very impactful on my just-about-teenage self. The collection was a surprise Christmas present from my dad (when we still got surprise presents) and I'm so grateful that he picked these out for me. I genuinely believe these books did a lot to shape me as a person and as a writer.

This book, of all of them, is the most important to
Rereading a grade 6 favourite of mine.
Nick Nyquist
As this was my first ever summer reading assignment and as I was entering into a new step in life called "Middle School," perhaps I have some bias looking back on this novel. I remember it as one of the worst books I have ever read.

If I could give this zero stars, I would. The main character, who unfortunately is also our narrator, is the most intolerable brat, I have ever encountered; fictional or otherwise. Everything she experiences must focus back to her. One of her few friends gets caught i
This is one of those books I read over and over again. Every time I open it, I find it as charming and inspiring as I did the first time. The characters are so lovable, the setting is astounding, and the lessons that a young reader can take from it are endless.

For me, my rating of this book is also largely influenced by how much this book affected my life. I can practically draw a line between reading this story and choosing to travel, to major in anthropology, and to decide to focus my attenti
Kate Schwarz
Excellent coming of age book for any child, but especially one who comes from a family who moves frequently. As an Army brat who moved every two to three years in my childhood, the book resonated deeply. It's one to remember to recommend to your child once they hit third or fourth grade if moving is a part of their life as well.

Dinnie Doone narrates the book. She has a peripatetic lifestyle with her family; her father picks up and moves his family every six months or so, whenever he sees a new "
Harini Srinivasan
Liked it enough to look for more Creech books. It's a little slow to draw you in, and I agree with Cheryl in CC NV's review -- the voice is rather mature for a child narrator. But it does draw you in eventually, and has a lot of interesting and thought-provoking ideas without being preachy in the least. I can see why a teacher would recommend it to a child, but am not sure if the child would enjoy it.
Katherine Day
A summary of BLOOMABILITY is

Domenica Santolina Doone, known as Dinnie, has spent most of her life traveling around the United States because her father is transiently employed. Dinnie feels that she has settled into this routine of never having a permanent home until one night, her whole world changes. With her older brother in the Air Force after ending up in jail again, her sixteen-year-old sister pregnant and married, and her dad still on the road for yet another home, Dinnie is taken away by
Jordana Flisser
I am really sad that I finished this book. It was so terrific! Dinnie was very brave, because she always had to move to a different state or town, and make new friends. Then she went to Switzerland, far away from her parents, Grandma Fiorelli, Aunt Grace and Aunt Tillie, Stella, Crick, and Stella's baby. Dinnie learned to be herself, and to take risks. In the beginning, she wasn't sure about the academy, but at the end, she finished the year with Guthrie, Mari, Keisuke, Belen, and Lila as her fr ...more
Emily Bardin
Dinnie Doone is “kidnapped” by her aunt and uncle. She calls it “kidnapping,” but she was really taken to an American school in Switzerland by her aunt and uncle, but she wasn’t asked first if she wanted to go. While she’s there, she meets students who have come from all around the world. Bloomability gets its name from one of those students, a Japanese boy, who says “bloomable” in place of “possible.” As the book goes on, Dinnie finds it bloomable to enjoy her kidnapping.

This book has the chara
I picked up this book when a few months back, and I am proud to say I read this book, although it is a bit childish for me. The whole plot is surrounding this girl who moved around her whole life, and is basically taken away by her uncle and aunt (with the parents permission) to Switzerland. I must admit, while this is a children's book, I found the characters to be quite real and relatable, making the story much more enchanting. It might be because the story reminds me of my life, but the whole ...more
so confusing!! i just wanted to drop it after the first chapter but i ended up reading the whole book even though it was a pain in the neck. worst book of sharon creech!
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I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family: my parents (Ann and Arvel), my sister (Sandy), and my three brothers (Dennis, Doug and Tom).
For a fictional view of what it was like growing up in my family, see Absolutely Normal Chaos. (In that book, the brothers even have the same names as my own brothers.) Our house was not only full of
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