"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 13-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".More
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An old favorite ruined by audio
I have always loved this book. I have read it every year since I was a little kid because I always got something new out of it. Dinnie just spoke to me more then any other character. She always manages to find something in every situation and person that she liked about them. To me the story is about a girl who always saw herself as part of her family, but when she is sent to live with an unknown aunt and uncle for a year she has to figure out who she is on her own. This book does have a lot of depth though, so there are other ways to see it.
Unfortunately this audio production is horrible. There is music in the background that is louder then the narration at times. Also the narrator reads the whole story in an excited energetic voice. In writing Dinnie shows a range of emotions, from happy to scared and lonely. She is a normal 13 year old girl living away from the family she loves. Hearing how homesick and lost Dinnie feels in an actively cheerful voice is just plain weird.
- Martha K.