Flip doesn't think shell ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school. Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn't sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied. Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains. But the day she's out walking alone and meets a French boy, Paul, things change for Flip. As their relationship grows, so does her self-confidence. Despite her newfound happiness, there are times when Paul seems a stranger to her. And since dating is forbidden except to seniors, their romance must remain a secret. With so many new feelings and obstacles to overcome in her present, can Flip help Paul to confront his troubled past and find a future?
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by Madeleine L'Engle
by Madeleine Thien
by Adele Griffin
by Nancy Springer
by Laurie David, Cambria Gordon
"L'Engle, most known for her WRINKLE IN TIME trilogy, uses her own childhood experiences in her first novel. At 12 her father was ill, and she was sent to a Swiss boarding school. In this story, Philippa (Flip) Hunter has lost her mother, and her father's travels necessitate placing her in a Swiss boarding school. Ann Marie Lee's ease with multiple accents gives a strong sense of the school's diversity, and she provides a credible portrayal of Flip's anxiety, alienation, and isolation. The post-WWII European setting adds to characters' complexity, and Lee accurately expresses their many painful emotions. Listeners witness Flip's struggle to reach out to her fellow students, along with her growing confidence and her fondness for the mysterious Paul. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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