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My second life began when I was kidnapped by two complete strangers . . .

That the kidnappers are actually Aunt Sandy and Uncle Max makes no difference to thirteen-year-old Domenica Santolina Doone, better known as Dinnie--she just doesn't want to go. Dinnie's accustomed to change, with her family constantly moving for "opportunity"--but when her aunt and uncle whisk her fa
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published August 22nd 1998 by Joanna Cotler
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Francheska In my personal opinion, I think that Dinnie started to become positive once Guthrie was caught in the avalanche. There, Dinnie started to realized why…moreIn my personal opinion, I think that Dinnie started to become positive once Guthrie was caught in the avalanche. There, Dinnie started to realized why Guthrie kept saying, "Libro" at everything. He was celebrating life. At that point Dinnie started to be like Guthrie and be positive, but she has a long way to go.(less)
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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
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bish Denham
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gulshan Naqvee
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE BEST. It talks about SENSE of BELONGING. A sense of being from somewhere, being at somewhere and being FOR somewhere. It is extremely (informative) about human emotions! Had a great experience with the audio book. It was worth all the listening.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zozo by: Ellen
I loved this book. I read it, maybe in third grade? However it still sticks with me now, and I'd be up to reading it again if I didn't have such a long TBR! This book Is great for those in-between readers who don't want to read "baby books". One thing that struck me as unusually beautiful is how Sharon Creech really portrayed the way children's minds see and feel, especially taking joy in the little things and moments. Any little kiddo (or big kiddo!) that wants a heart warming book of finding ...more
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mackenzie L, 5
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloomabilty by Sharon Creech is a book that is told through the eyes of Dinney. This book is about a girl who is always on the move with her family looking for new opportunities at least that’s what her dad thinks. But when her Aunt and Uncle “Kidnapped” her she has to learn a whole new lifestyle in Switzerland. I enjoyed this book because of it’s different setting. I liked how the many character didn’t know about going to Switzerland. Somethings I didn’t like about this book is that for the fir ...more
Dinnie's thirteen, the youngest child in a rather dysfunctional family: her father bounces from place to place and job to job, dragging the rest of the family behind him; her sister gets quieter and quieter with every move and then drops a figurative bomb on the family; her brother finds trouble every place they land.

In something of a last-ditch attempt to keep Dinnie out of it all, her family sends her off to Switzerland with her aunt and uncle, the latter of whom has taken a job as headmaster
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastico! Libero! Vivo! Bloomability is for possibility. When speaking a language not native to your own, one may actually be able to say and express things that they can't do quite as well in their native tongue. I don't know how the main character "Dini" can stand hearing her father say "It's another great opportunity!" every time they move (having moved like over 20 times in her 11 or 12 years. But she does. She has a different experience than I me. I like hearing her observations. This boo ...more
Megan Lane
This book, guys.
This was one of the defining books of my childhood. (And all thanks to a random box of hand-me-down books from my cousin.) I don't have a lot to say about it. I reread it during my trip to Myanmar, and the memories and the longing for wanting to keep everything you loved close to you, and the acknowledgement that you can't, and all the beautiful phrasing just... I can't really explain the feeling.
It's not my favorite example of healthy relationships between sexes, especially for
Tamara Kammerer
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-contemp-kids
This story caught my attention because of word choices. More specifically, names. Dinnie (the main character) has a grandmother with the last name of Fiorella who is from Campobasso, Italy. It so happens that one of my great grandmothers is also a Fiorella from Campobasso. That seemed too coincidental, so I contacted Sharon Creech to find out how she came up with that name and location. She said that she had 'lifted' them from her own family tree. I suspect that with a little digging we'd find o ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Laura Gates-Lupton
I read this to my 11 yr old daughter during her recent bout of illness. She loved it. I thought it was a terrific "slice of life" kind of book. Not much plot, but compelling characters in an interesting setting. As always, Sharon Creech's writing is wonderful. The one thing I really didn't like: the dreams that were included in most chapters. Too contrived and not at all necessary. I stopped reading them about half-way through.
Dichotomy Girl
So the only reason that I read this was because Mara Wilson mentioned it being a childhood favorite in her book Where Am I Now?. It was a bit after my time (I would have been 20+ when it was published). It was just OK to me, but I gave it 3 stars as Tween me would have loved it.
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun book. Since a great deal of it takes place in Switzerland it was especially fun since we have often visited in Switzerland. The protagonist is a young girl who was given an opportunity and made the most of it.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
after i read this book i was obsessed with the idea of going to boarding school.
Hayden Clowes
Rereading a grade 6 favourite of mine.
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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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