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. Dinnie arrives in Switzerland and becomes a pupil at an international ...
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. Dinnie arrives in Switzerland and becomes a pupil at an international boarding school high in the mountains. Separated from her family, she starts a new life that's strange and frightening...beautiful and full of adventure.
I absolutely love this story! I reread it every summer because Bloomability is the kind of story I don't want to forget. There are so many fascinating characters and ideas. Every year I am disappointed when it ends because I just want to keep reading about Dinnie and her friends and her adventures. I highly recommend this book to anyone- I first read it when I was ten. Now I'm in high school and this is still one of my favorite books!
May 23, 2009
Bloomability grows on you!
A fantastic story that stays with you.
Dinnie's family is going through some rough times. As a result, she is sent to Switzerland to live with her aunt and uncle.
An amazing story. Guthrie is my favorite character! I hope you love this book as much as I do!
Publishers Weekly, 1999-09-06 Creech makes use of "a light first-person narrative and some insightful dream flashes," to convey an uprooted 13-year-old's coming of age, said PW. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1998-07-20 A light first-person narrative and some insightful dream flashes (taken from the protagonist's journal) convey an uprooted 13-year-old's coming of age. Domenica Santolina Doone ("It's a mouthful, so most people call me Dinnie"), whose father is always in search of "the right opportunity," has already lived in 12 different cities. With her father on the road, her older brother Crick in jail and her 16-year-old sister, Stella, giving birth, it's little surprise that Dinnie is "kidnapped" by her aunt and uncle and taken from her "little New Mexico hill town" to the American School in Lugano, Switzerland, where the pair work. Tired of always being on the move, Dinnie is determined not to get attached to her newest environment ("I won't adjust! I won't adapt! I won't! I'll rebel!"), but surrounded by other "foreigners"æstudents from all corners of the worldæshe finds it easier than she had imagined to make friends. Guthrie, a classmate, helps her see a sense of possibility, or "bloomability," and to grow from her experiences. Creech (Walk Two Moons) skims the surface of Dinnie's gradual emergence from her protective "bubble" rather than delving into Dinnie's feelings about the deeper ramifications of her family's unraveling. The author tells rather than shows the poignant moments (e.g., Dinnie has no reaction when her parents forget her on Christmas; her friend Lila's vacillating moods go unexplained), which results in a reportlike view of the school year, rather than insight into the purported change in Dinnie. Some readers wishing to glimpse an adventure abroad may think this is just the ticket; however, fans of the author's previous works will likely miss her more fully realized characters. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
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