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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons (original 1994; edition 2003)

by Sharon Creech

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Title:Walk Two Moons
Authors:Sharon Creech
Info:HarperTeen (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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Tags:death, sadness, journey, acceptance, children's literature, Sharon Creech, loss, grief, grieving, grandparents, family, parallel stories, realistic fiction, abandonment

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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (1994)


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WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech is a wonderful book for children. I used it to teach my literature class. We finished it today and the kids liked it a lot. It was their favorite book so far. The protagonist is Sal who tells the story in the first person. Sal is on a journey to find her Mom who left after a stillbirth to recover in Lewiston, Idaho. What Sal doesn't know is that her Mom died in a bus accident. We have read so many books this year that involve absent mothers. It wasn't by design. It just happened. At the end of the journey, like a life's journey, Sal learns her Mom is dead and that Gram is dead as well. My kids think all stories have happy endings and this is the first one we have read that has a sad ending. They were fine with that. Now that they are ten, they can deal with an unhappy ending. Next week we will begin THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN. I am not sure yet how I will deal with the "nigger" question but I will find a way. I talked about it today and they seemed pretty relaxed. One boy said my Mom let me watch a movie and every other word was the "F" word. He was nonchalant about that. I must say he is a well read mature kid. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Feb 9, 2015 |
Walk Two Moons is a Newbery Medal winner.
Sal and Phoebe are young girls who are friends. Neither of their mothers are in their lives any longer. This realistic fiction novel depicts loss, death, change, family struggles, and coming of age. It should be placed in a more mature reading level.
  mollybeaver | Dec 18, 2014 |
A beautiful book about a teenage girl coping with the dissolution of her family. Issues of death and grief -- family breakup -- being in a new place. Well written and tender book. Some romance -- nothing racy. Fine for fifth grade up. ( )
  amydelpo | Dec 9, 2014 |
There are several reasons why I feel this is a good book. For one, I feel the point of view from which the story is told, is imperative to the story’s profound impact. The girl in the story, Sal, has lost her mother in a tragic accident. Like most adolescents, she feels that if she wishes hard enough, her mother will come back to life. Since the story is told from Sal’s point of view, readers are able to emotionally connect with her, when she expresses her grievances about the loss of her mother. In addition to the first person point of view, I also liked how the story pushes readers to think about family tragedy. Often, the life of family members are taken for granite, though in reading this story, readers will take away the thought of how it feels to lose someone loved. The main idea within the story is acceptance. Sal had great difficulty accepting the loss of her mother, as well as the presence of Mrs. Cadaver. The story takes readers through a journey of how one overcomes hurdles, and learns to accept difficult aspects of life. ( )
  KimKolb | Nov 28, 2014 |
This story is about a young girl who goes on a road trip with her grandparents. Her grandparents talk about another young girl going through a similar situation.
I like this book because it does a good job of painting a great picture in the readers mind.
I would have anyone from 4-6th grade, based on the reading level.
  AmyGelle | Nov 21, 2014 |
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Deborah Stevenson (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, January 1995 (Vol. 48, No. 5))
Salamanca-Sal-grew up in Kentucky, but she and her father moved to Ohio after her mother's death; she and her grandparents are currently taking a road trip to Idaho, where her mother is buried. As they travel, Sal relates to her grandparents the story of her friend Phoebe, whose unhappy mother left Phoebe's family; Sal finds that recounting Phoebe's story helps her understand the desertion of her own mother, who was later killed when the bus taking her away from her family crashed. Creech skillfully keeps these layers separate but makes their interrelationship clear, and the plot moves along amid all this contemplation with the aid of a mysterious note-leaver, a local "lunatic," an eccentric English teacher, and Sal's budding romance, not to mention Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful, and a poisonous snakebite along the road of Sal's trip with her grandparents. The style is smooth and imaginative but cheerfully plain-spoken ("I wanted to jump up and say, 'Phoebe's mother has disappeared and that is why Phoebe is acting like a complete donkey,' but I didn't"), and the folksiness of Sal's grandparents (Sal's grandfather calls Sal his "chickabiddy" and his wife "gooseberry") is warm and uncontrived. Readers who enjoyed Barbara Hall's Dixie Storms (BCCB 7/90) will appreciate this strong and tender novel about all kinds of gain and loss. R*--Highly recommended as a book of special distinction. (c) Copyright 1995, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1994, HarperCollins, 280p, $15.89 and $16.00. Grades 7-12.
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Singular, vividly realized characters are at the heart of this moving, funny and astonishing novel. On a cross-country trip to Idaho to visit her mother, thirteen-year-old Sal fascinates and delights her grandparents with the story of mystery surrounding her best friend Phoebe Winterbottom, or Peeby as Gram and Gramps refer to her. But in telling Phoebe's story, Sal is also telling her grandparent's her own - how she is dealing with the changes in her life since her mother left their Kentucky home and she and her father moved to Ohio. The narrative moves back and forth between Sal on the road with her grandparents and Sal's story of Phoebe, but throughout, she privately reflects on her own memories of life back in Kentucky before her mother went away, when things seemed calm and whole. The journey west with her grandparents, who are colorful, quirky characters with boundless love, is healing for Sal as she comes to understand and accept why her mother went away. An added bonus for Wisconsin readers are the stops Sal and her grandparents make in downtown Madison and the Wisconsin Dells as they journey west. Winner, 1994 CCBC Newbery Award Discussion. CCBC categories: Fiction For Children; Fiction For Teenagers. 1994, HarperCollins, 280 pages, $15.89. Ages 10-14.
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For my sister and brothers; Sandy, Dennis, Doug, Tom with love from The Favorite
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Gramps says that I am a Country Girl at heart, and that is true.
In the car, I studied the map, leaned back in the seat and closed my eyes. Gramps knew what I was going to do.
Roses are red,
Dirt is brown,
Please be my valentine,
Or else I'll frown  

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After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother olso left.
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Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle's mother has disappeared. While tracing her steps on a car trip from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents, Salamanca tells a story to pass the time about a friend named Phoebe Winterbottom whose mother vanished and who received secret messages after her disappearance. One of them read, "Don't judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins." Despite her father's warning that she is "fishing in the air," Salamanca hopes to bring her home. By drawing strength from her Native American ancestry, she is able to face the truth about her mother. Walk Two Moons won the 1995 Newbery Medal.

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After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

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