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...more
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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
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
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 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
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 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:
"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
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