An update on last week's giveaway: Congratulations to Karen Puleski for winning a copy of LITTLE ORCHID and MY CLEAREST ME. Hope she and her boys enjoy the stories!
And now, for this week's book review: BLOOMABILITY ~ a middle-grade novel by Sharon Creech, author of WALK TWO MOONS and HEARTBEAT.
13-year-old Dinnie has just been "kidnapped" by her Uncle Max and Aunt Sandy. Off they whisk her to Switzerland. Dinnie's own family hasn't fought for her to stay because they are on the move. Dad keeps moving them whenever he discovers "new opportunities" while Dinnie's elder sister just had a baby with her boyfriend. They just couldn't come get her. Or maybe, they think having Dinnie stay with her uncle and aunt is best for her.
Dinnie has two choices: learn to adapt to the new school with the exotic blend of students and her new "family" with Uncle Max and Aunt Sandy, or stay in the bubble she has imagined for herself. (And why not pick the latter? We all know that inside the bubble is safer.)
I'll be honest: Sharon Creech's other books have resonated deeper than this one but I do like Dinnie. I like how she showed her fears and her gradual acceptance of people around her. Also, the setting of this story is in Switzerland, and it sounds like a beautiful place I'd want to visit one day.
Bloomabilities exist in all of us. Like Dinnie, we might not discover them immediately, but it's good to know they are inside us, waiting to sprout and flower. This is especially clear when we look at our children and students. We see their bloomabilities budding and breathing inside them.
And isn't that something?
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