Powell, Randy. Swiss mist.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

POWELL, Randy. Swiss mist. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 224p. c2008. 978-0-374-37356-6. $16.95. JS

Coping with change and searching for one's identity and destiny are the themes of this coming-of-age story about Milo, who we first meet at the age of ten. That's the year his parents get divorced, and his teacher, Ms. Swinford, helps him through it with her happy remembrances of her time in Switzerland. Over the next five years, Milo and his mother move from Seattle to a small Washington town where she can go to school, and then finally back to Seattle when she remarries. Milo, who in leaving his friends behind in Seattle turns into a loner, tries to embark on a "quest for truth," as his free-spirited father advises, but he always feels like he's just waiting...

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