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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...more
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...more
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
Cheryl in CC NV
I dunno. I'm a big fan of Creech, and I like the ideas & characters she shared here. I'm not sure however how honest the voice was - would a child really be this perceptive? If you like Creech or are intrigued by the premise of meeting a bunch of students from around the world at a Swiss boarding school, go ahead and try it.
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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
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.
KIDNAPPED!The kidnappers are actually Aunt Sandy and Uncle Max, but that doesn't matter to Domenica Santolina Doone, better known as Dinnie. She feels as if she's being taken out of the country against her will.Certainly, no one asked her opinion. Dinnie is used to change-with her family constantly moving from town to town and state to state while her father searches for one new "Opportunity" after another.But when her aunt and uncle whisk her away to an international school in Lugano,Switzerlan...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...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!
Lillith Fleischauer
I really liked Bloomability because it made me feel something when I read it. Not a lot of books do that. Some of the parts I relate to and know how she was feeling cause I had gone threw it or I had a friend that did it. Also sometimes I would feel really bad for her I would be thinking in my head "oh no oh no oh no." When I would be reading it at night in bed and I would have to close the book,I didn't want to I didn't want to close it and put it down. I wanted to keep on reading and see what...more
È un libro talmente breve che ci si stupisce riescano a starci dentro tanti concetti interessanti.
Praticamente, prendete una ragazza povera ma non troppo, che vive in America spostandosi da uno stato all'altro con la sua famiglia, e mettetela dentro un esclusivo collegio svizzero in cui si mescola gente di ogni provenienza. Un collegio con un programma particolare, in cui scuola e attività all'aria aperta vanno a braccetto, e ci sono delle ore di lezione dedicate al pensare.
È un libro pieno di...more
after i read this book i was obsessed with the idea of going to boarding school.
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
Beth Beaulieu
This novel by Sharon Creech included all of the angst, uncertainty and longing of a 14 year-old. She wove a story that takes the perspective of a young woman convinced she is being kidnapped and whisked off to Switzerland. Throughout Dinnie, the protagonist, learns the importance of perspective, point of view and life experience to her relationships with her family, friends and strangers who can become friends.

I was looking for a story that draw me in but not bring me down. I found it in this s...more
A note for people who are thinking about reading this book: It starts somewhat slowly, and remains in that gear for about the first two hundred pages or so, yet it definitely makes up for its initial lack of vigor in the final seventy-five pages or so. Bloomability builds upon its early base to become a significant story about what it's like to be brought to an unfamiliar place and be expected to set down roots there, and what it feels like when, after some time, we find that we have unknowingl...more
“Bloomability” is another remarkable book by remarkable author Sharon Creech. I so enjoyed this story because it hit so close to home for me. The setting: beautiful Switzerland, a country I have traveled in several times and know its gorgeous Alps, views, passes, lakes, and villages, almost as a second home. Also it reflected what I have heard from my husband’s memories because Switzerland was home for him and his family at the same age of Dinnie in the story. He lived there two years and attend...more
Mrs. Foley
Thirteen-year-old Dinnie finds her world expanding after her aunt and uncle take her from New Mexico to Lugano, Switzerland, to attend an international school. - From library catalog record

I read this as part of a Children's Literature Group in which I participate. Sharon Creech is a well-respected author and she should be. Her characters are interesting, but I think more for younger students. This book would be a good read-aloud for upper elementary.

Review from School Library Journal:
This hones...more
Here's part of the blurb:

"The second life of Dinnie Doone began when she was thirteen. In Dinnie's first life she moved home a dozen times. In each new town her family landed in deeper trouble. Then, without warning, she was snatched by total strangers and taken far away to the other side of the world."
Did you see the words in bold? I don't think you did so here they are again. It says that she was "snatched" by "total strangers".

I knew it was a children's/Young adult book but how could I pass o...more
Jennifer McCarthy
I thought this book was a good read, although I liked Walk Two Moons more. Bloomability is the story of a shy girl named Domenica Santolina Doone, also known as "Dinnie". Dinnie's first life is spent traveling from place to place as her father seeks out new opportuntities. In the process of moving, Dinnie never settles in anywhere and her siblings get into some trouble of their own. Her family then decides she should have some opportunities of her own so she journeys into a "second life." Her au...more
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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...more
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