By Sharon Creech, Sharon Creech
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."
Praises & Awards
IRA/CBC Children's Choice
IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice
On Sale: 10/06/2009
Trimsize: x in
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / New Experience
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General
JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
During our last year living in Europe, I thought a lot about coming back to the States and wondered what I would miss when I did move back. One place I knew I would miss was Switzerland, where we’d lived for two years. My husband was the headmaster at an American/international school there; I taught English; our two children attended the school. The school is in Montagnola, near Lugano, in the Italian-speaking Ticino.
We loved Switzerland and the language and the people—all of it. I thought it might be nice to set a book there, so that I could “revisit” it as I wrote, and I think I also wanted to capture Switzerland before I returned to the States, so that I’d never forget it. Although the characters and the school are fictional, to me they represent a lot of international schools and students—students who are from all over the world and are away from their families, who gain an appreciation for their host country and for people of other nationalities.
The original jacket bears an artist’s rendering of “real” pictures I sent to my editor. On the front is a picture of our daughter, Karin, reclining on a mountain in Andermatt (I love that she’s taken off her hiking boots and seems so happy there on that mountain). Beneath that picture is one of my youngest brother, Tom, and to the right of that is a view from our house there, looking up the hill toward Montagnola. The hardcover has additional pictures on the back: one is of a teacher, Laura Studders, our son, Rob, and our daughter on the slopes of St. Moritz; beneath that is a photo of my husband, Lyle.