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Swede Dreams (S.A.S.S.) by Eva Apelqvist
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Swede Dreams (S.A.S.S.)

by Eva Apelqvist

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In order to get away from her annoying twin sister, and to be with her boyfriend who was a Swedish exchange student at her Wisconsin school, sixteen-year-old Calista spends a semester in Sweden, where she learns about more than just the language and culture of this Scandinavian country.

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Swede escape! Calista Swanson has begun her study abroad semester in Stockholm, Sweden, and she couldn’t be happier! There’s finally some distance between her and the constant piano-playing of her annoying sister Suzanne. Calista and Suzanne are twins, but the only thing they have in common is their birth date. Suzanne is a focused and gifted pianist, but a social dud. Calista isn’t at all focused, but she always has her friends, and a boyfriend, by her side. And that goes for her time in Sweden, as well. Jonas, who’d been an exchange student at her high school in Wisconsin, lives in Stockholm. He’s the main reason Calista is studying in Sweden, and she knows he’ll be in tow as she explores everything Sweden has to offer, from visiting Swedish castles to learning more about the Viking era, to sampling treats from a smorg?sbord, to strolling the cobblestone streets of Stockholm’s Gamla Stan. Calista loves Sweden from the moment she arrives, but . . . why hasn’t Jonas called?
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
This series, though it definitely relies on a formula, always manages to keep things fresh by creating believable characters, placing them in wonderful settings, and giving them real problems. You get to know and love the protagonist by the end, but you also learn a lot about the traditions and culture in which they have been placed. A perfect series for any young travel-lover out there.
  nataliev1311 | Apr 12, 2011 |
This was a pretty good book. It was about a high school girl traveling to Sweden for half of a year to study abroad. In Sweden, she not only learns her school work, but she also learns about the Swedish culture. ( )
  ekoncki | Nov 4, 2010 |
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Sweden means two things for Calista: getting away from her annoyingly talented twin sister, and being reunited with her boyfriend.

But Sweden isn't at all what Cal expects. For one thing, she can't get a hold of her boyfriend. She's also living with a host family, taking all of her courses in Swedish, and needs to learn the language pronto!

As the semester unfolds, Cal begins to notice things about herself that she'd like to change when she gets back home, but for now she's content with soaking up both the language and the culture.

SWEDE DREAMS is part of the SASS series of high school students traveling around the world learning different cultures and languages. Cal realizes her true self on foreign soil and she's anxious to make a new beginning. Teens will love this series! ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 13, 2009 |
love in a far away place. Its my fave book ( )
  supersam | Dec 29, 2008 |
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