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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 far away to an international school in Switzerland, she's not sure she's ready to face this "opportunity" alone.

All at once she finds herself in a foreign country, surrounded by kids from different cultures speaking all sorts of languages and sharing various beliefs. Home and her first life seem so far away.

But new friendships and the awesome beauty of Switzerland begin to unlock thoughts and dreams within her. Her joys and struggles make up a rich tapestry of experiences she can find nowhere else. Switzerland begins to be more than a temporary home--it becomes a part of Dinnnie herself, the self she never knew she could be.

Switzerland is the picturesque backdrop of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's new novel about a young girl discovering the beauty of nature, her place in the world, the value of friendship--and that life is full of wonderful "bloomabilites."

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on September 11, 1998 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0060269936
ISBN-13: 9780060269937
3 Book Reviews
  • chlooe
    chlooeover 2 years55 starsFeatured
    First of all, I would like to thank my friend Avery for recommending this book to me because it was really good. I think this book really fitted me because this is full of surprises that not everybody expects. In this novel, main character Dinnie Doone, is always moving to other states because her father always has job "opportunities". It seemed as though her father was running away from her mother's side, because he disliked them. Being a contryboy (The father) and the mother as a city girl, their families cannot really agree with each other. When she is whisked away to an international school in Switzerland, Dinnie Doone discovers all the "bloomabilities" that life has to offer. From Newbery Award-winning author Sharon Creech is a story about everyday joys. I rate this book 5/5 because I positively think that it really fits me.
    • applemango
      applemangoover 2 years55 stars
      This is a story about Dinnie. She feels as if she has been kidnapped. Not really but still. Her father struggles to find a real home for them opportunity after opportunity. Now she only has a small box of things for her travels. When suddenly upon Stella her sister having a baby and Crick her brother in jail then army school. She goes to switzerland where she meets new friends like Lila and Gurthrie . They go on ski trips and Dinnie is finally close to her opportunity.
      • todermatt
        Mr. Odermattabout 10 years
        great story